ALLH12007 - Research Methods for Therapy
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce the students to research in Allied Health. They will be introduced to important aspects of health research including (1) the process of planning a research project, (2) research study designs and their associated purposes, (3) data collection methods, (4) basic statistical analyses, and (5) distribution of research findings. Students will be equipped with a broad knowledge base of different research methods and will apply this knowledge practically in their own hands-on research project that will be conducted throughout the term. This unit will serve as a precursor to Evidence-Based Practice for Allied Health (ALLH12006).

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 60%
2. Online Test 25%
3. Online Test 15%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The course material was at a foundation level which made it easier to grasp from the get go. The lectures were delivered in an interesting and engaging way that including humour, and real life examples. Overall a very fun, interactive, and practical course. Have your say This is a foundation course designed for Allied Health students. The course content aims to teach students the necessary skills and knowledge to support and enhance their learning throughout their degree. It is important to continue to use engaging materials to support the students learning.
Would like some more direction about how to determine how to classify references. Abridged Guide to APA is very helpful for formatting, but would like more practical direction about what is an online resource vs webpage etc as found that to be the hardest part of the assessment. Have your say The lecture covering referencing and type of information should include further clarification on the different types of information. This will enable students to successfully and confidently identify the different sources of information.
It would be useful to link the weekly content to the tasks in the research survival guide assessment task. Have your say The tasks in the survival guide are reflective of weekly content. Each weekly lecture concludes with a 'where to from here' slide that directs students to necessary readings etc. Additional information should be added to this slide that links the content covered in the lecture to the assessment task in the survival guide so that students can clearly see the link between the weekly content and the assessment task in the survival guide assessment task.
This should be a core subject for many degrees. The citation tools is certainly one of the best things I have learnt so far and will continue to use throughout my degree. Have your say This course is a foundation course for all Allied Health disciplines, including physiotherapy, speech pathology, podiatry, occupational therapy and health sciences. It is essential that this course continues to equip students with the necessary skill set and tools to help them succeed in their future studies.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Plan a theoretically-sound and methodologically-strong research project.
  2. Explain the strengths and limitations of a variety of research study designs.
  3. Determine which data collection strategies are best suited for a variety of research questions.
  4. Conduct basic statistical analyses.
  5. Identify avenues for dissemination of research findings to scientific, clinical, and public communities.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Online Test  
3 - Online Test    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Online Test      
3 - Online Test        

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There is no set textbook or required Lab Software. However, students do require access to Microsoft Excel.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • RealStatistics Add-on for Microsoft Excel (free to download)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMelanie Hayman (m.j.hayman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Welcome and Unit Outline

Week 2 17-07-2017

Critical Thinking in Research

Week 3 24-07-2017

Databases and Information Searches

Week 4 31-07-2017

Referencing and Plagiarism

Week 5 07-08-2017 EndNote

Online Content Quiz 1: Examining content covered in Weeks 2-4

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Break Week

Week 6 21-08-2017

Introduction to Research: Types of Research

Week 7 28-08-2017

Introduction to Research: Research Methods

Week 8 04-09-2017

Introduction to Research: Data Analysis

Online Content Quiz 2: Examining content covered in Weeks 5-7

Week 9 11-09-2017

Basic Statistical Analysis: Part 1


Week 10 18-09-2017

Basic Statistical Analysis: Part 2

Week 11 25-09-2017 Deconstructing a Research Paper Online Content Quiz 3: Examining content covered in Weeks 8-10
Week 12 02-10-2017

Review Week

(60%) Written Assessment Task: A Survival Guide to Research Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
(15%) Online Statistical Analysis using Excel Quiz Due Monday (02 Oct 17) 06:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title (60%) Written Assessment Task: A Survival Guide to Research
Task Description

Briefly, students will be required to develop their very own 'survival guide' to research that can then be used as a valuable resource throughout their study. The guide will include details and descriptions on types of research, research methods, data collection and analysis and statistics.

Further detail including the assessment Task Sheet and Criteria Sheet are available on the ALLH12007 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Aspects of the project will be due throughout the unit. The final project needs to be uploaded into Moodle by 6.00pm AEST
Return Date to Students All pieces of assessment to be returned to student 2 weeks after submission date
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

This written assessment task will be graded against a comprehensive and thorough criteria sheet available via the ALLH12007 Moodle page, under the 'Assessment' tab.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Plan a theoretically-sound and methodologically-strong research project.

3. Determine which data collection strategies are best suited for a variety of research questions.

4. Conduct basic statistical analyses.

5. Identify avenues for dissemination of research findings to scientific, clinical, and public communities.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Online Test

Assessment Title (25%) Online Content Quizzes
Task Description

Content covered throughout the semester will be assessed on a fortnightly basis in a series of online content quizes. There will be 5 online content quizes in total, each assessing 2 weeks worth of content.

Each quiz will consist of 20 multiple choice or true/false questions and be availabe for students to complete for a total duration of 2 weeks.

The total scores from each of the 5 online content quizes will be tallied to determine the overall mark out of 100. The total score will then be convered to a % score out of a maximum 25%.

Further detail is available on the ALLH12007 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.

Assessment Due Date Each quiz will be available for 7 days, as outlined in schedule and also on Moodle page. Ensure that you are familiar with these dates.
Return Date to Students Students will receive an immediate grade for each quiz upon its completion. Correct answers will be made available after the closure of each quiz.
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The online content quizzes will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Explain the strengths and limitations of a variety of research study designs.

3. Determine which data collection strategies are best suited for a variety of research questions.

4. Conduct basic statistical analyses.

5. Identify avenues for dissemination of research findings to scientific, clinical, and public communities.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Online Test

Assessment Title (15%) Online Statistical Analysis using Excel Quiz
Task Description

This online quiz will test knowledge, understanding and operational ability of basic statistical analysis skills. Briefly, students will be required to interpret, analysis and draw conclusions from a series of datasets.

Further detail is available on the ALLH12007 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017) 06:00 AM AEST
This online quiz will be availabe for 7 days only. The quiz will close on Wednesday of Review Week at 6.00pm AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback will be made availabe after the closure of the quiz.
Weighting 15%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Plan a theoretically-sound and methodologically-strong research project.

2. Explain the strengths and limitations of a variety of research study designs.

3. Determine which data collection strategies are best suited for a variety of research questions.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical practice




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