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Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences (11398.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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In this unit students will be introduced to the research methods used in the health sciences. The unit covers the research process, experimental and quasi-experimental methods, survey and correlational research, hypothesis testing and statistical inference. Students will also be introduced to a statistical program.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will:

1. Have an understanding of the major types of research methods used in the health sciences and the advantages and disadvantages of each;

2. Be aware of some of the issues affecting the reliability and validity of research designs; and

3. Be able to enter data in a statistical package and produce and interpret basic statistical analyses.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to two hours per week of lectures and up to two hours per week of tutorials in flexible delivery mode.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

6540 Introduction to Statistics

Exception: Students in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology must complete 11398 even if they have already passed 6540.

Equivalent Units

6611 Introduction to Psychological Research

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