1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 99-hour independent study per semester
1 1 of HLTH1010, HLTH1208
2 Admission into BLITTHLG-Bachelor of Letters (Health) (Graduate Entry)
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Topic description

The primary focus of this topic is on the critical appraisal of research, including assessing research for validity, relevance and applicability. Within this, students will expand their knowledge and utility of relevant health research websites and databases, while also developing an understanding of research design, including qualitative and quantitative methods commonly used in health research and the importance of ethical practice in research.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce more complex and varied health research information sources, including international databases, NGO and government sites
  • Develop students’ skills in research design, including understanding and utility of qualitative and quantitative investigations
  • Develop students’ skills in critical appraisal of research
  • Explore the ethical obligations of researchers
  • Further develop students’ abilities in critical consumption of health research
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to able to:

  1. Explain the importance of ethical practice in health research, add discuss the role of ethics committees in health research
  2. Describe qualitative and quantitative methodologies commonly used in health research, and identify when each should be used
  3. Design a basic research plan
  4. Critique and provide written critical review of research plans
  5. Reflect on personal achievements in professional development and articulate your professional value to others
  6. Apply advanced Microsoft Office skills