SRH5001 - Research methods for health - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Rural Health


Dr Keith Sutton

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)


This unit is an introduction to health care research.

Students will learn how to formulate research questions, examine different research methodologies and critically appraise a research study.

Students also learn how to search for and review literature and formulate a research question that addresses a gap in the evidence.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discriminate between research methods and determine their applicability to health care research.
  2. Formulate a research question which is appropriate for the evidence gap.
  3. Develop a research design that is appropriate to the research question.
  4. Critically appraise research reports;
  5. Undertake a literature search and synthesis of a topic area within health care.


  • Case Study 1 - Qualitative Research Question & Design (1,800 words) (30%)
  • Case Study 2 - Quantitative Research Question & Design (1,800 words) (30%)
  • Critical Appraisal of a Research Paper (900 words) (10%) (hurdle)
  • Literature Search & Proposed Research Question (1,500 words) (30%) (hurdle)

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