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CSCD3085: Speech Pathology Research Methods

2024 unit information

In this unit students will learn the basic principles of designing, undertaking and analysing research in speech pathology. This will enable students to be more careful consumers (and, perhaps, producers) of research when they become clinicians and to appreciate the fundamental link between research skills and evidence-based practice. This unit will also lay the groundwork for students who might be considering a research higher degree. A variety of topics will be explored including correlational techniques, hypothesis testing and qualitative methods. Exercises and examples will relate specifically to the basic science and applied aspects of speech pathology. Students will gain experience using SPSS statistical analysis software or equivalent.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Medicine and Health

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. LO1 – Understand and identify the principles of ethics in research in a speech pathology context.
  • LO2. LO2 – Critically evaluate and compare different research designs that are commonly used in speech pathology research.
  • LO3. LO3 - identify and evaluate bias and confounding factors within speech pathology research and generate possible solutions for avoiding bias.
  • LO4. LO4 – understand what is meant by hypothesis testing and the strengths and limitations of hypothesis testing in research methods.
  • LO5. LO5 - understand and explain the difference between statistical tests (t-test ANOVA, correlations etc) that can be used to analyse clinical and research data and demonstrate ability to analyse descriptive statistics, perform basic statistical tests and interpret data output.
  • LO6. LO6 – identify as a research-based speech pathologist by being able to critically appraise and apply research to clinical scenarios, and identify opportunities to engage in research within organisations.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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