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CSCD3085: Speech Pathology Research Methods

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.

Code CSCD3085
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6

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.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.