• Class Number 6446
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course will introduce students to both the theories and practice of research, with a specific emphasis on research in the health arena. Students will learn techniques for identifying a topic for inquiry, reviewing the literature, identifying evidence gaps and formulating an answerable research question. The course is designed to help students learn the practical skills of protocol development including sampling, recruitment, data collection and analysis as well as evaluation. In addition, the role of theory and ethics in research planning and implementation will be introduced with a particular focus on data management and maintenance of ethical standards and rigour throughout the research process. The value and limitations of research results as evidence will also be examined.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.

Required Resources

Required resources will be provided in Wattle through direct access or via online links

Recommended resources will either be listed and/or provided in Wattle

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups and individuals

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weeks 1-2 Approaches to research in health science and introduction to health data and research design Weeks 3-4 Reading and interpreting health literature Week 5-12 Introduction to research strategies and practices

Tutorial Registration

Refer to Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online exercises 10 % 26/07/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4
Quiz Assessment (1) 10 % 30/08/2021 06/09/2021 1,2,3,4
Literature Review 25 % 27/09/2021 11/10/2021 1,2,3,4
Research protocol 25 % 22/10/2021 04/11/2021 1,2,3,4
End of Semester exam 30 % 04/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Tutorial participation includes discussion of the pre-tutorial template submission contents and specific individual and group exercises per session, which are directed at enriching learning in preparation for not only the summative quiz but also the end-of-semester exam.

This course has been adjusted to support remote participants, classes will be conducted using dual delivery to enable remote students to participate. Remote students should identify themselves to the course convener before the start of semester.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 26/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online exercises

Pre-reading online assessment (10%): Readings and assessment templates will be uploaded on Wattle weekly. Please check the Watte page regularly

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 06/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Quiz Assessment (1)

Quiz A takes place in Week 6 (10%) and covers materials (lectures, tutorials and readings) from Weeks 1-5.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 27/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 11/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Literature Review

Literature Review (25%): Due on 27th September 2021 11.59 PM

Please note that in the course of reviewing the literature as per instructions on Wattle, you will be required to determine what is known and what gaps exist in the literature in relation to the question asked at the beginning of the literature review assignment. You will need to draw on one of those gaps to produce a research question to be addressed in the assignment which forms the following assessment task. Your literature review must be submitted through Turnitin.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 04/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research protocol

Students will submit their assessment through the Turnitin submission box by Friday 22nd October 11:55pm. Each student will use the research question that was the outcome of the literature review assignment as the question to be answered by the design detailed in the research protocol.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

End of Semester exam

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Results of the quiz will be provided once all students have completed the quiz. Assignments will be returned with feedback within 2-3 weeks after submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Rosalie Aroni

Research Interests

Health services research (diabetes, CVD, respiratory health), research methodology (qualitative and mixed methods research), , culture, ethnicity and health, quality of care, research design, implementation and evaluation, intersection between clinical and public health, ethnicity, culture and health, health service delivery

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