• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kerri Viney
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course POPH8915
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

The Research Design and Methods course teaches relevant theories, concepts, tools and techniques in epidemiology to equip students with the knowledge and skills to undertake an applied epidemiological research study.  The focus is on turning a research question into a study that is appropriate to the setting and will answer the research question.  Students apply skills learnt by developing their own research proposal on a topic of their choosing. Teaching will be through case studies, lectures and small group tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

      1. Develop and apply a systematic approach to search the peer-reviewed and grey literature relevant to a public health problem, and to record the references appropriately.
      2. Interpret, summarise and synthesise the literature on the public health problem/event of interest.
      3. Use the results of the literature search to clarify the rationale of the study and to formulate explicit study objectives and/ or research questions.
      4. Describe suitable study designs and methods, and their advantage and disadvantages for investigating public health problems.
      5. Propose practical methods to reduce chance, bias and confounding in an applied epidemiological study.
      6. Develop a feasible research plan including logistics and timelines, roles and responsibilities of team members, and anticipated challenges/risks in conducting the study.
      7. Effectively communicate research methods and results to a scientific audience, and prepare lay communities and potential participants to participate in a research study.

      Other Information

      Students enrolled in this course are required to have completed an undergraduate degree and Masters level courses on Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics from a recognised School of Public Health (either in Australia or internationally), or completion of Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Fundamentals of Biostatistics short courses held at the ANU. Students wishing to do these subjects, but do not have these prerequisites should contact the convener.

      Indicative Assessment

        • Literature review- 30% (LO 1, 2, 3)
        • Research plan – 70% (LO 1-7)

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        Workload

        Semester 1 offering:

        In Person: 3 hours each week comprising a mix of lecture and tutorials, plus 7 hours per week of associated study.

        Semester 2 offering: 

        In person: Attendance and participation at an intensive program (five days) is required in the semester for in-person mode of delivery.

        Online: Participation in online teaching sessions over the semester plus additional time spent on pre-reading, self-directed study and completing the assessment requirements as per a 6-unit course load.

        Requisite and Incompatibility

        You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed POPH8915

        You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

        Fees

        Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

        If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

        Student Contribution Band:
        Band 2
        Unit value:
        6 units

        If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

        Units EFTSL
        6.00 0.12500
        Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

        Offerings and Dates

        The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

        First Semester

        Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
        4148 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person
        4719 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online

        Second Semester

        Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
        8277 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person
        9785 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 Online

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