• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kinley Wangdi
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
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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

Upon successful completion, 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

  1. Literature review (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research plan (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Peer review (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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Workload

The course is delivered as a flipped classroom.

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Weekly online lectures and tutorials (2-3 hours per week face-to-face component).
  • Self study which will include preparation for assignments.


Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions based on the lectures via the online discussion forum and in the tutorials.

Face-to-face students will attend tutorials during which they can discuss their project proposals. Online students will receive the same level of support via email and online mechanisms.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed POPH8100 and POPH8101. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed POPH8915. Incompatible with POPH4315

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

Prescribed Texts

None

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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3888 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
3889 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 Online N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8906 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
8907 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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