SRH5001 - Research methods for health - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Shane Bullock


Dr Keith Sutton

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Online)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree




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 will be able to:

  1. Discriminate between research methods and determine their applicability to health care research
  2. Formulate research questions that are congruent with differing research methodologies
  3. Develop a research project that will answer and is methodically congruent with the research question
  4. Analyse and critique research reports related to health care
  5. Implement a literature search strategy


  • Module 1 & 2 online quiz (10%)
  • Discussion forum (quantitative and qualitative research question) (15%) (hurdle)
  • Collection & Analysis of Data (10%)
  • Critical appraisal of a research paper (1,500 words) (25%)
  • Develop a research project (2,400 words) (40%) (hurdle)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study