Quantitative Research Practice in Health PG (9585.4)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|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. Critically evaluate appropriate quantitative methodologies and their application to correctly address the specific research question;
2. Address and improve validity and reliability in quantitative research;
3. Demonstrate practical application of data analysis, using an appropriate methodological approach and supporting software and reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different data analysis strategies; and
4. Apply the methodological principles from conception to communication to a specific research project.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||Flexible||Dr Andrew Woodward|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Winter Term||30 May 2022||Flexible||Dr Richard Keegan|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||Flexible||Dr Richard Keegan|
Carter, R., & Lubinsky, J. (2015). Rehabilitation Research: Principles and Applications (5th Edition). Paperback ISBN: 9781455759798. eBook ISBN: 9780323227803
Additional recommended books:
Navarro DJ and Foxcroft DR (2019). learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners. (Version 0.70).
Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th Ed.). SAGE Publications.
Liamputtong, P. (2013). Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidenced Based Practice: OUP Australia & New Zealand. (Note- this text is recommended also in Research Planning, and Research Project in Health)
Twisk, J. W. R. (2013). Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis for Epidemiology: A Practical Guide: Cambridge University Press.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
To obtain an overall pass grade in this unit, the student must:
- Attempt all assessment items; and
- Obtain an overall aggregate mark of 50%.
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:
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 field who has a good understanding of the subject matter and is be done as part of the unit curriculum review. Moderation of assessment items will be conducted in accordance with the Faculty of Health moderation guidelines.
Moderation of marking:
There is a random selection of assessment items that are moderated in a unit, including all failed assignments (excluding exams). The moderation of passing assessment items is based on a sample chosen randomly, on a percentage basis at different grade levels or the full range of submitted items to develop a common view about performance.
Students are expected to actively engage in this unit through Discussion pages, completing all online tasks and participating in the Canvas discussion forums and activities (e.g., Peer Feedback).
Students are expected to actively engage in this unit through Discussion pages, completing all online tasks and participating in ALL the Canvas discussion forums and activities.
Required IT skills
Information will be available to students via Canvas, an online educational hosting site.
It is expected that students will have basic word processing skills and an ability to use databases to search for journal articles.
Students will need access to statistical analysis software. SPSS or jamovi are encouraged and supported, but other options are available.
Students must be able to use the statistical software they choose to use. Examples and advice will generally be offered in SPSS or jamovi. This is not a software course but candidates will gain statistical software proficiency throughout.
Students are encouraged to use reference management software.
Students who choose to purchase statistical software other than that which is provided by the University of Canberra will need to cover that cost themselves. We note that there also also free and/or open source statistical software packages available. Other learning resources will be available via the library, or freely online.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit is designed to support the design of quantitative resarch projects, for example within PhDs and MRes degrees. That frames the interpretation of WIL in this unit.
Academic Language: Academic writing style and language must be maintained throughout the unit, and within the unit Canvas forums
Clarity and Expression: Concepts should be analysed and discussed without unnecessary verbiage. Written work must demonstrate correct grammatical expression and spelling. Poor grammar obscures meaning in your discussion.
Use of resources: you are expected to read widely and use a variety of credible evidence to support your discussions. Your work must be supported by current published literature and fully referenced. Resources must not be limited to texts only. It is an expectation that you use database searches to obtain recent journal articles.
Referencing requirements: Please refer to the Academic Skills Program website for information on acknowledging sources in academic writing. Students are required to use APA 6th edition referencing style, see the following links: