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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


Not offered in 2008


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%

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