Research Planning PG (6486.6)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Online
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Faculty Of Health||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Develop and apply a literature search strategy for a broad research question;
2. Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise the literature in the relevant research area to identify the knowledge gaps;
3. Devise a specific research question to address the identified knowledge gap;
4. Develop a research design, including methodology, data collection and analysis, ethical and budgetary considerations to appropriately answer the specific research question; and
5. Transmit the acquired research outcomes in a written academic writing style relevant to the assignment task.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
4. UC graduates are able to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing - communicate and engage with Indigenous Australians in ethical and culturally respectful ways
Incompatible units6998 Developing a Research Project PG
Assumed knowledgeThis unit assumes:
1 - the knowledge and skills of epidemiology and research methods,
2 - the research skills and knowledge of data analysis including either quantitative analysis and statistics, or qualitative research analysis, and
3 - familiarity with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 and NHMRC Research Integrity and Management of Data and Information documents.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Online||Prof Jennie Scarvell|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Winter Term||30 May 2023||Online||Dr Suzanne Carroll|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Online||Prof Jennie Scarvell|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Online||Prof Jennie Scarvell|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Winter Term||27 May 2024||Online||Dr Suzanne Carroll|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Online||Prof Jennie Scarvell|
Recommended Online Resource
http://methods.sagepub.com/ Sage Research Methods Online site is a diverse range of materials on research planning, for quantitative, qualitative and all kinds of research. There are e-books, but also videos, short books, and guides. Access through the UC Library.
Liamputtong (Ed). Research Methods in Health - UC Library online- see Reading List in Canvas.
Suggested Readings: see canvas for Reading List.
Groves, Robert M Survey methodology 2nd ed; 2009 Available online.
Polgar S & Thomas SA (2020), Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, Churchill Livingstone. UC library call number R850.P54 Available online in Sem 2.
Hurley et al, Research Methods, A Framework for Evidence-based clinical practice. R850 H 87, 2011
Boland. Doing a Systematic Review. A student's guide. UC library call numberLB2369 D65 - 3-day loan section.
Barzun J & Graff HF (2004), The modern researcher, 6th edn, Thomson, Australia. UC library call number LB2369.B36 2004.
Bryman A (2008), Social research methods. 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford. UC library call number H62.B782 2008.
Duffy A, Deakin V, Narkiewicz E & Wilson K (2007), Guide to writing in allied health courses : writing laboratory reports, essays and seminar reports, preparing for exams and presenting seminars, 2nd edn, University of Canberra. UC library call number PE1475.G84 2007.
Robson C (2002), Real world research: A resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, 2nd edn, Wiley-Blackwell. UC library call number H62,R627 3 day loan section
Taylor BJ, Kermode S & Roberts K (2006), Research in nursing and health care: evidence for practice, 3rd ed, Thomson, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN 0170123154.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assignments and assessable materials will be submitted online via Canvas.
Special assessment requirements
Please ensure you follow this formatting:
- Student ID needs to be in the 'Header' of the document.
- Font: headings maximum 14 point. Text usually 11 or 12 point Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
- Double space lines, so there is space for your assessor to write comments on the paper.
- Insert page numbers on the bottom of pages.
- Referencing should be APA 7 or Vancouver style. I recommend you take up Endnote workshops at the library. Get Endnote on your computer, and you can directly download searches from databases into your reference library. DOI- for consistent formatting, either all references have a DOI, or none.
- Submit a word, .doc, .or .pdf.
Important: Text beyond the word count will not be marked. Assignments that exceed the specified words will be truncated at the word (or page) limit and only assessed to this point.
Word count will include: Introduction, method, results, discussion, conclusions, quotes, citations, or any other sections in the body of the work.
Word count does NOT include title, abstract, tables, figures, captions, references or appendices.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Moderation of assessment items:
Moderation will be followed as per the FoH Moderation guidelines.
All assessment items, including exams, are internally reviewed and moderated before they are published in unit outlines, listed on canvas, or printed out for the final exam period. This review of assessment items is performed by another academic within the same faculty who has a good understanding of the subject matter and it is done as part of the unit curriculum review process.
Moderation of marking:
The moderation of assessment items is based first, on a sample chosen randomly from submitted assignments, to develop a common view of grading, for each person contributing to marking the assignments. In addition all failed assignments are moderated as well as a selection of others across representative grades.
This unit requires that you are independent, organised, disciplined, and self-motivated.
You will need to set a plan for yourself, small achievable deadlines, and stick to them. The rate you learn in the unit, is up to you. There is some structure provided, but it is not compulsory, except for assignment due dates. Completing units online need not be an isolated or lonely activity, but you will need to reach out to each other. Use the discussion pages to find people with similar topics, or problems, and helpful people.
How to find help
1. Online discussion pages.
2. Your mentor - keep meetings with your mentor, make notes, and keep track of actions and outcomes. Generally make sure you give your writing to your mentor at least one week prior to the due date. They will need 3-4 days to read it, and you will need 3-4 days to make the changes they advise.
3. Tutorials. Tutorials will only work if you do the preparation work. Bring your work, be prepared to ask quesitons and engage with content.
4. Unit convenor drop in sessions - there is a weekly set time for online or face to face drop in. Or you can request another time, by email.
5. Make sure drafts of work are presented to mentors or tutors at the agreed time. Usually this is 10 days prior to the due date. For large classes you may need to provide a draft 14 days prior to the due date of the assignment, if you want to get feedback.
Inclusion and engagement
Please let the Unit Convenor know if any assistance is required.
There are four formal classes (face-to-face or online) and four tutorials.
You must attend tutorials or have regular meetings with your mentor to succeed in this unit. If you will be meeting with your mentor individually, discuss how you will meet with your mentor (e.g., Zoom) in week 1, and write it into your mentor agreement. Weekly or fortnightly is recommended. Write it into your mentor agreement.
Weekly drop-in times are available with the unit convenor. (see canvas, held on virtual room) . These are not compulsory but are informal Q&A.
Ultimately, you need to be independent, motivated, and self-paced.
Required IT skills
Access to the internet, familiarity with the library, database searching skills, and familiarity with canvas.
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Semester 2, 2023, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (214136)
- Winter Term, 2023, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (215148)
- Semester 1, 2023, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (212654)
- Semester 2, 2022, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (207483)
- Winter Term, 2022, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (204903)
- Semester 1, 2022, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (205600)
- Semester 2, 2021, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (203873)
- Winter Term, 2021, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (203870)
- Semester 1, 2021, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (203871)