HMI401 - Research Methods and Critical Appraisal


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Semester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H309

All of HMI303 and HMI304



Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

A minimum of 240 hours over the semester undertaking teaching, learning and assessment activities. Students will be able to utilise time during their professional experience (clinical placement) to assist in their learning in this unit. 


This unit builds upon content relating to the research process and also research and evidence based clinical practice established in earlier units of the course. It examines in greater depth the culture of health-related research and the emergent professional role of the clinician researcher. Unit material is presented in the context of the various research designs and approaches adopted in the health care paradigm.

The unit will also encourage students to differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research methods, understand current trends in research in medical imaging and the implications for evidence-based health care, and critically evaluate the veracity of research outcomes.

Students will be encouraged to develop their own potential research focus and through the supervision process an advanced level of understanding in a nominated discipline and/or specialist area of medical imaging. Unit outcomes require students to prepare a research proposal inclusive of the potential study design and purposeful rationale supported by a literature review and statement of the scope of ethics submission and approval requirements related to the study design and methodology.

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