2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
HBS108 or HSH205
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 2 hour seminar per week
1 x 2 hour online seminar per week
This unit focuses on the common research methods used in population health reinforcing and building upon what students have gained from previous units such as HBS108 Health Information and Data and HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and practices of research in public health and health promotion with a focus on current population health issues using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. The unit is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge and skills required to conduct research which addresses population health questions including the development and expression of research aims, questions and hypotheses; the application of appropriate research methods specific to research questions; and the different ways of collecting data in various research settings. Students will learn and apply practical skills in the conduct of population health research in areas such as sampling; the design and conduct of quantitative studies including questionnaire design and piloting; and conducting qualitative studies including interview and focus group discussions, transcription and analysis of qualitative data.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this UnitAt the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Formulate study design specific research aims, questions and hypothesis.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solving
Identify and apply theoretical frameworks to inform study designs in population health.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solvingGLO8: Global citizenship
Devise and apply processes for sampling and recruitment in both quantitative and qualitative study designs.
Develop, design, justify and conduct quantitative studies including questionnaire construction and testing.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO3: Digital literacyGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solvingGLO6: Self-management
Develop, design, justify and conduct qualitative studies including interviewing, transcription and analysis.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solvingGLO6: Self-management
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
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