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Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice (SHP632)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
MANDURAH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines the qualitative and quantitative health research methods available to the researcher seeking to answer health-related questions and recommend changes to improve/support practice. Students will critique research examples in order to evaluate the various methodological approaches and their relative strengths and limitations. Focus will be on the efficacy of evidence-based research for health care and the forces that facilitate or limit its application. Students will develop a research proposal to answer a defined research question.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss the importance of health research in the expansion of knowledge in health care contexts.
2. Describe the importance of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement in relation to the current and future practice of health professionals.
3. Discuss different research paradigms and their applicability in health research.
4. Review and critique a range of peer reviewed literature on a subject related to your area of practice.
5. Identify appropriate research methods for the investigation of particular research questions.
6. Compare and contrast the major approaches used in qualitative and quantitative research and discuss the utility of these approaches.
7. Describe common sampling and data analysis techniques related to qualitative and quantitative research.
8. Explain the ethical implications of, and processes in, undertaking human research.
9. Outline steps required to protect vulnerable participants in health research.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of the steps required to design and evaluate research.
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal: 2 hour LECT-WS per week. External: No attendance required.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit delivery is via internal and external study. Students will use the unit information and learning modules on LMS to guide their learning. The unit is divided into 12 modules that will be studied sequentially over the semester. Each module has several learning activities, required readings and opportunities for interactive on-line discussions with the lecturer and other students. As this is a 3 credit point unit , the student should be working on average 10 hours / week for the 15 weeks of this teaching period (or 150 hours overall).
Assessment The assessment component of this unit includes a Literature Review (50%) and an Exam (50%). These assessments allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation skills and application of theoretical concepts learned within the modules. Written feedback in addition to marking rubrics are provided for the written assessments to facilitate student learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR632 Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice may not enrol in this unit for credit. Students who have completed an equivalent research methods unit must contact the Academic Chair for a replacement unit.
Previously 2013: NUR632
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies (GradDipArtTherapy)
Master of Business Administration + Master of HealthCare Management (MBA)+(MHCM) [New in 2019]
Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2530
e: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.058 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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MANDURAH: S1-External
MANDURAH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
OUA: S2-External
Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2530
e: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.058 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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