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MOP6072 - Advanced research methods

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Sally Carless


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)


The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of research design and methodological issues associated with undertaking organisational research. A major emphasis of the course will be structural equation modelling (LISREL). The course will: (a) introduce basic concepts and assumption of LISREL,

  • evaluating goodness-of-fit assumptions,

  • provide training in the use of confirmatory factor, path analysis, hierarchical modelling and multiple groups analysis,

  • provide practice in interpreting and evaluating LISREL output. Students will be expected to attend research seminars. This unit is offered every two years.

  • Objectives

    On completion of this unit students will:

    1. have acquired an advanced level of understanding of the major principles of applied research design;
    2. have been exposed to a broad cross-section of research designs relevant to organisational research;
    3. have developed the ability to address the limitations and problems associated with undertaking applied research practice;
    4. have acquired an advanced knowledge of structural equation modelling (SEM);
    5. be able to undertake SEM analysis competently; and
    6. have had the opportunity to develop their oral communication skills.


    Oral and written presentations: 50%
    practical exercises: 25%
    examination: 25%