This unit provide graduates with the skills to consume and evaluate research to inform evidence-based practice, to undertake applied research in a professional project or to complete a minor thesis in public health. It focuses on integrating the basic principles of quantitative and qualitative inquiry with a contemporary and contextualised approach to data collection and analysis. Students will learn to identify and apply relevant professional and/or scholarly conventions which govern research - particularly in a public health context. They will be engaged in reviewing both qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods; planning, forming and designing proposals; developing and submitting an ethics proposal; undertaking a literature review; gathering and analysing data; and reporting results for a variety of audiences.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to research in the field of public health;  
  2. Conceptually map the essential elements and processes requisite to quality research;  
  3. Articulate the necessity for ethical conduct of research and elaborate the processes for applying for ethics approval;  
  4. Undertake a preliminary literature review or analysis of current research in their field; and  
  5. Design a preliminary research proposal to be undertaken as part of their minor thesis or professional project.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critique of Research Designs (3000 words) 40%
Project Preliminary Research Proposal and Literature Review (3000 words) 40%
Presentation Oral presentation during seminar-style discussion time (1000 words) 20%
Total combined assessment word equivalence is 7,000 - 8,000 words.

Required reading

Public Health Research Methods.
Guest G. & Namey E., (2014)
SAGE Thousand Oaks

ISBN 13: 9781452241333 ISBN 10: 1452241333

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