On Campus
12 x 2-hour seminar per semester

1 x 3-day intensive workshop once only

Distance Online
12 x 2-hour on-line exercises per semester
1 Admission into MCR-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation
1a Admission into GDPCR-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation
1b Admission into MCRNOT-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (Neurological Occupational Therapy)
1c Admission into MCRNPT-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy)
1d Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1e Admission into MCEXP-Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1f Admission into MDHC/CW-Master of Disaster Health Care (Coursework)
1g Admission into MNG/CR-Master of Nursing (Coursework and Research)
1h Admission into MMID/CCR-Master of Midwifery by coursework (Coursework and Research)
1i Admission into MCRA-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation [1.5 years]
1j Admission into MHCR/R-Master of Health and Clinical Research
1k Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
1l Admission into MDPPA-Master of Disability Policy and Practice [1.5 years]
1m Admission into MPC-Master of Palliative Care
1n Admission into GDPPC-Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n))
Assignments: Tutorial participation and presentation or Online participation
Topic description
This topic involves the identification of different types of research study designs, evaluating strengths and weaknesses and selecting appropriate designs in clinical practice. Students will be able to set realistic and appropriate aims and objectives for clinical research projects and develop strategies for locating, accessing and evaluating information. This topic also aims to familiarise students with quantitative and qualitative approaches to clinical research to employ appropriate methods in conducting their own research.
Educational aims
This topic aims to enable students to:

  • Review the strengths and weaknesses for clinical research methodologies

  • Review appropriate study designs for clinical research questions

  • Provide an opportunity for students to develop a preliminary proposal on an area relevant to practice in their professional workplace or a specific field of interest.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the role of theory in underpinning clinical research

  2. Critically evaluate the characteristics of good clinical research

  3. Critically evaluate the importance of study design issues in clinical research such as validity, reliability, bias and sample size

  4. Research different types of study design in clinical research, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and select appropriate designs in practice

  5. Develop a preliminary clinical research proposal

  6. Interpret and demonstrate a critical understanding of methods for collecting, recording and analysing qualitative and quantitative data in clinical research.