• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body, Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course is designed to introduce students to how scientists from a range of health disciplines gather, interpret, store and retrieve information and health data.  Students will build a capacity to develop a structured and systematic approach to problem analysis and solving and understand fundamentals of research methods in health science.  Introductory topics will include problem scoping and definition, research questions, variable identification, hypothesis generation, and study design.  Students will also be introduced to the basics of data collection and analysis, including: different types and levels of data, numerical and graphical summary of datasets, and inferential measures of difference and trend, using datasets that require both parametric and nonparametric statistical tests.  The value and limitations of research results as evidence will be explored through discussions of notions of accuracy and precision of measurement, measures of uncertainty, bias and confounding variables.  Academic skills will include navigating the health literature, performing basic statistical calculations on health datasets, and teamwork in scoping problems and posing research questions. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  1. Devise an appropriate literature search strategy on a health topic.
  2. Anaylse a multi-faceted problem related to health and devise a problem statement that identifies independent and dependent variables.
  3. Apply the scientific method to a research problem and devise a falsifiable hypothesis and study design to address this.
  4. Perform and interpret basic statistical analyses using basic parametric and nonparametric tests.
  5. Develop an awareness of differences in research traditions within health science disciplines.
  6. Describe how health information is categorised and made available to health consumers and health researchers.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Literature review (15%) (LO1)
  • Online exercises (8 x 5% = 40%) (LO2-6)
  • Team based learning assessments (3 x 5% = 15%) (LO2-4,6)
  • Examination (30%) (LO1-6)

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4 hours of face to face learning per week. (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial). There will be additional hours of online and self-study required.

Requisite and Incompatibility

HLTH1001 Health in the 21st Century. Restricted to enrollment in the Bachelor of Health Science program or by permission.

Prescribed Texts

To be advised


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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9818 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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