Introduction to Research in Health Care

10 Units

This course will introduce students to the various approaches to conducting research in health care. Students will learn about study planning and design and will develop an awareness of important considerations in study design. Students will also learn to review and critique published research and reviews of published studies.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of undertaking research in health care
  2. Develop health care research questions and select study designs and research processes that are suitable for answering them.
  3. Outline the components of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method study designs.
  4. Identify and describe important considerations in study deisgn including: ethical implications and vulnerable populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and ensuring rigour in research.
  5. Develop a basic research plan for a clinical study.
  6. Review and critically evaluate a published study or literature review using a recognised critical appraisal instrument.

This course is presented as the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to research in health care
  • Module 2: Quantitative study design
  • Module 3: Qualitative study design
  • Module 4: Mixed methods study design
  • Module 5: Literature reviews
Assumed Knowledge Foundational knowledge in the critical appraisal and utilisation of research; including quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches, to inform professional practice. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation and expertise using 'Endnote' or similar reference database management program.
Assessment Items
  • Proposal / Plan: Research Plan
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1
Students are required to spend on average 120-140 hours of effort or total load (contact and non-contact including assessment) per 10 unit course over a 12 week trimester.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6900
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