The sequential units HHL7901 Research Project 1 (12 credit points) and HHL 7902 Research Project 2 (12 credit points) provide students with the opportunity to plan and execute a substantial research based project or piece of scholarship that will contribute to the osteopathic evidence base. Students will apply research knowledge and skills acquired in the prior units HHL4180 Introduction to Research Methods and HHL4281 Statistical Methods and Analysis. In HHL7901, they will develop their critical appraisal skills, undertake a literature review which contextualises the research project, ensure that relevant ethical protocols have been met, and commence data collection and analysis where appropriate to the project.  

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HHL7901

Prerequisites

HMH7901 - Evidence for Practice 7

HMH7902 - Evidence for Practice 8

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Perform sensitive and specific advanced searches for research topic using numerous electronic databases;  
  2. Critically appraise literature in the field of osteopathy and health science relevant to their research project;  
  3. Independently progress the ethics protocols, data collection and analysis phases of research and justify the use of particular quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods;  
  4. Deduce, exhibit and reflect upon the collaborative skills required to be an effective member of a research team.  

Assessment

90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program. The tutorial activities in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the tutor on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Advanced search strategy assignment (equivalent to 1000 words per student) Pass/Fail
Assignment Journal article critique (equivalent to 2000 words per student) Pass/Fail
Presentation Presentation on project and data analysis methods (equivalent to 1000 words per student) Pass/Fail
Report Preliminary literature review relevant to research group topic (equivalent to 3000 words per student) Pass/Fail
The assessment for this unit is pass/fail rather than graded. The assessment tasks for this unit are preparatory work and 'milestone tasks' to support students in the development of the final products of their research (submitted in research project 2). The assessments in research project 2 are pieces of scholarship at AQF level 9 (presentation and project) and the time required extends beyond the one semester. It is not appropriate to grade draft pieces of work and the assessments in this unit are deemed a 'pass' if sufficient progress is made to ensure students will submit their final assessment pieces in a timely manner. The total word equivalence of combined assessment tasks approximates to 7,000 words in this AQF9 12 credit point unit.

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