Course Title: Research in Health Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in Health Science

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof Jiming Ye

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7419

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.72

Course Coordinator Availability: request via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to introduce all first-year undergraduate students at the Health and Biomedical Sciences to the fundamental principles of research and how it informs health practice. This course will provide the concepts underpinning health-related scientific research as a basis for more specific and practical research methods education throughout the undergraduate curriculum. This course is targeted toward all students in the first year of their undergraduate program. It is hoped that upon completion of this course, students will approach their discipline-specific training with a strong appreciation of the importance of science to all aspects of evidence- based health practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for

BP278 Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine),

BP279 Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy), and

BP280 Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

This course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:

  • PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient centred evidence based framework

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the fundamental principles underlying the research process and the level of evidence used to guide practice.
  2. Identify the basic principles and protocols of research ethics as they relate to research in health care.
  3. Examine the principles underlying a range of methodological approaches to scientific research, particularly as they apply to health practice including
  • qualitative approaches and practices
  • quantitative approaches and practices
  • evidence –based practice and systematic reviews
  • mix methods research
  • data collection, analysis and dissemination
  1. Explore clinically relevant research questions and appropriate methods that could address them.
  2. Evaluate research rigor as it relates to qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  3. Locate and demonstrate a beginner’s level of appraisal of research papers published in peer-reviewed healthcare journals using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and communicate your findings.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course content will be delivered primarily through flexible delivery. Core content will be delivered via targeted readings and digital methods via myRMIT Studies.  Lecture content will be recorded using Lectopia/Echo360 desktop delivery. Students will be expected to participate in all activities. Participation will be closely monitored. Students will receive feedback on their contributions.  

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester which include lectures lectorials and online materials

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all material chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo 360. In addition your learning will be supported by online Discussion Boards. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Online MCQ Quiz X2  

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 ,4 ,5 & 6

Assessment Task 2:  Short answer essay-type questions (2 x 1000-1500 words each)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 3:  Final Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6