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Unit of study_

HSBH2007: Research Methods in Health

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The unit of study introduces students to key research paradigms in health, and to the major approaches to designing and evaluating research in health. Students will be introduced to key concepts of qualitative and quantitative methodology including research ethics, research design and research methods.

Unit details and rules

Unit code HSBH2007
Academic unit Health Sciences
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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BACH2140 or HSBH1007
Prerequisites
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((HSBH1006 AND HSBH1009) OR HSBH1012) AND (HSBH1008 OR HSBH1013)
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Rowena Forsyth, rowena.forsyth@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Online Final exam
Short answer questions
40% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation hurdle task Tutorial attendance - Discussion Board post
Please see details under attendance and class requirements
0% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment: qualitative research project
Research project proposal
30% Week 07
Due date: 09 Apr 2020 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Assignment: quantitative research project proposal
Group project proposal
30% Week 12
Due date: 22 May 2020 at 23:59
1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Assignment 1 - qualitative research project: This is an individual written assignment based on developing a qualitative research project. You must use a health-related topic for the assignment.
  • Assignment 2 - tutorial presentation: This is a group assignment based on a quantitative research project. You must use a health-related topic for the assignment. In your small tutorial groups you will develop a research idea using appropriate quantitative research methods and deliver an oral presentation on your proposal.
  • Assignment 2 - quantitative research project proposal: This is a group assignment based on a quantitative research project. You must use a health-related topic for the assignment. In your small tutorial groups you will develop a research idea using appropriate quantitative research methods. You will be asked to design a study and complete a research proposal.
  • Final exam: This exam will test your knowledge and understanding of all the topics covered in this unit, including material covered in the lectures and tutorials.
Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to unit of study and research methods in health. Research Ethics and governance. Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Introduction to unit of study and tutorial groups, Research ethics. Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Research strategies and designs Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Study design and starting work on Assignment 1 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Qualitative Research: Methodologies and Strategies Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Assessing the relative strengths and limitations of qualitative research Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Qualitative research methods: Interviews and Focus Groups Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Interview and Focus Group methods Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Qualitative research methods: Observation and participatory methods Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Conducting participant observation Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Qualitative analysis Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Qualitative analysis Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Quantitative Research: Experimental study designs Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Experimental study designs and starting work on Assignments 2 and 3 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Quantitative Research: Non-experimental study designs (1) Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Non-experimental study designs Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Quantitative Research: Non-experimental study designs (2) Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Assessing the relative strengths and limitations of quantitative research Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Quantitative Research: Quasi experimental designs, Correlational studies, Epidemiology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Quantitative research proposals: Group presentations (Assignment 2) Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Evaluation: Research Dissemination and Impact Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Exam preparation: Study design revision Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Unit summary and revision Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Exam preparation Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Unit summary and revision Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance requirements:

Students are expected to attend two hours of lectures per week. All material covered in lectures is examinable.

Given the suspension of face-to-face classes including tutorials attendance will be marked as follows. Every week (weeks 4-13) there will be a discussion board with a tutorial activity. You need to create one post per week. You will not be able to see other students’ answers until you have posted. The boards will be monitored by the tutors. You can choose to add additional posts if you wish.

Discussion boards will close one hour before the zoom tutorial.

To receive the mark for attendance you need to post one comment on each weekly discussion board. You may choose to post more than once in any given week however only one attendance mark is recorded per week. If you do not post in the weekly discussion board then you will be marked as ‘absent’ for that week. You are able to apply for special consideration for absences as per the existing procedure.

Tutorials run in weeks 2-13. It is a requirement of this unit that you attend a minimum of eleven (11) tutorials (90%).

Students are able to miss 1 of the 12 tutorials without the need to apply for special consideration. Additional missed tutorials for which special consideration has not been approved will be penalised at the rate of 2% of the overall awardable course mark for each missed tutorial. Students who miss more than 6 or more tutorials will receive an Absent Fail (AF) grade for the unit.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Wilson, L. & Black, D. (2013). Health, science research/research methods HSBH1007 and BACH2410.Sydney: McGraw Hill.
  • Saks, M. & Allsop, J. (2013). Researching health: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
  • Deitrick, L., Bokovoy, J., Stern, G., & Panik, A. (2006). Dance of the call bells: using ethnography to evaluate patient satisfaction with quality of care. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 21(4), 316-324.
  • Schaefer, S. E., Ching, C. C., Breen, H., & German, J. B. (2016). Wearing, thinking, and moving: testing the feasibility of fitness tracking with urban youth. American Journal of Health Education, 47(1), 8-16.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of ethical and social issues relating to research, including ethical treatment of research participants, honest reporting of research results, and appropriate acknowledgment of information sources
  • LO2. demonstrate an awareness of the social context in which research is produced and in which the results of that research are applied
  • LO3. demonstrate a knowledge of qualitative and quantitative study designs and research methods
  • LO4. demonstrate the ability to create and critically analyse new knowledge in health by developing a research question and designing and presenting (in written and oral form) a simple research project to answer this question
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to understand how evidence informs health care practice and how to utilise evidence appropriately through online literature searching, referencing and citation of sources

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The staging of some course material has been altered since the last time this unit was offered.

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