Dermal Research Methods

    Unit code: HBD2201 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    City Queen
    Online Real Time
    HBD2101 - Dermal Studies and Philosophy
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit provides an introduction to research methodology and how it can be applied to the aesthetics industry. Students will examine the importance of proper research design in evidence-based practice. Concepts include comparing and contrasting quantitative and qualitative research designs, principles of reliability and validity and their importance in measurement, and various forms of data analysis will be discussed. Students will be guided through the process of how research is developed, data collected, analysed and reports are written.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Contextualise research theory by using qualitative and quantitative methods related to the dermal industry;
    2. Critique dermal research study designs to design a group investigative project;
    3. Apply data collection methods for both quantitative and qualitative information in a controlled manner; and
    4. Evaluate basic analysis of statistical data to report on research findings.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Ten (10) x 5 minute online quizzes. (500 words equivalent).
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    Transcription and coding of interviews conducted for the group research project (approximately 2000 words).
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 50%
    Investigative report: research theory will be applied to a group research project (2500 words)

    Required reading

    Readings and reference materials will be available on the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

    As part of a course

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