• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • 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 2024
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  • STEM Course

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. Online exercises (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Quiz Assessment (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Literature Review (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Research Protocol (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. End of Semester 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-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text, recommended resources will be provided in WATTLE.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6720
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
7845 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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