This unit (HMG7950) provides students with the skills to consume and appraise research to inform evidence-based practice and to undertake applied research. 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 and appraising a variety of research methods including: undertaking a literature review; gathering and analysing datal; designing a research proposal; appraising the quality of research and assessing its generalisability to a range of public health contexts; practising evidence-informed decision making and knowledge translation; and disseminating research findings to 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 and appraise the essential elements and processes requisite to quality research;  
  3. Articulate the necessity for ethical conduct of research and elaborate on 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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critique of Research Designs (1500 words) 30%
Other Research Proposal and Literature Review (2500 words) 50%
Presentation Oral presentation of research proposal (15mins) 20%

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