This unit of study introduces students to the core processes and strategies of modern health research. We will explore the principles of quantitative and qualitative research, critical analysis of scientific literature and data interpretation, and hypothesis formulation and testing of a topic of interest. In particular, this unit provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts of probability and statistics required for experimental design and data analysis in the health sciences, including: normal distribution, the t statistic, p values and the use of statistical and graphing software. Ethical human and animal research practices, research funding frameworks, research protocols and management will also be considered, with particular emphasis on scientific integrity, fraud, intellectual property and reference management.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Jacobsen, K.H. (2021) Introduction to health research methods?: a practical guide, 3rd ed, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA, USA
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):