• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Lit review and research question (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Tutorial assessments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research protocol (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 2 hour tutorial or seminar per week.
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6300
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6210 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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