• 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 2019
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This course introduces students to how research is conducted across a range of health disciplines with a specific focus on the development of answerable research questions and appropriate research designs that enable answering of those questions. Students will build a capacity to develop a structured and systematic approach to problem analysis as well as developing greater understanding of the fundamentals of research methods in health science. Students will be introduced to a range of skills required to develop research protocols. This will include development of capacity to engage in a structured and systematic approach to problem analysis, development of answerable research questions using reviews of the literature and the ability to determine the applicability of appropriate exploratory and explanatory models of research design (quantitative, qualitative and mixed method). Students will be introduced to the basics of study design including sampling strategies, data collection and analysis methods and the role of ethics in research planning and implementation. In addition, the value and limitations of research results as evidence will be explored.

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. Describe the different research traditions used in disciplines associated with health research;
  2. Analyse a health problem and develop an answerable research question by conducting an appropriate literature search to identify gaps in current knowledge;
  3. Develop a research protocol by applying appropriate sampling, data collection and analysis strategies;
  4. Describe and recognise ethical dilemmas associated with planning and executing morally responsible research.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Lit review and research question 25% (LO 1,2,4)
  • Tutorial exercise 20% (LO 1-4)
  • Research protocol 25% (LO 1-4)
  • Examination 30% (LO 1-4)

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2 hours of face-to-face lectures and 2 hours of face-to-face tutorials

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


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4260
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $6060
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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
9271 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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