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HSBH3018: Quantitative Research Methods in Health

2021 unit information

This unit will deepen your knowledge about design of observational and experimental studies in health, current issues in health research and statistical procedures for data analysis. We will discuss published studies and analyse our own data using correlation, linear regression, t-test, ANOVA, odds ratio, relative risk, etc., with understanding of fundamentals of statistical theory. You will develop the ability to draw a sound conclusion about the research question taking into account both statistical result and study design. You will learn to use Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), and how to write concise research reports. The unit will prepare you to be a critical reader of health research and to engage in further research training should you wish to do so.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Health Sciences

Code HSBH3018
Academic unit Health Sciences
Credit points 6
HSBH1007 or HSBH2007
PSYC2012 or SCLG3603
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. understand social context of research and that research questions arise from theory and practical needs
  • LO2. distinguish research findings (facts) from interpretations by researchers or the media
  • LO3. understand basic design characteristic of health studies
  • LO4. understand and apply basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistical
  • LO5. identify an appropriate method of data analysis for a given (simple) study design
  • LO6. conduct and interpret simple data analysis using SPSS (or other statistical software)
  • LO7. present research findings clearly and succinctly in written and oral form

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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