Course Title: Research Methods for Biological, Medical & Health Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Biological, Medical & Health Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

160H Medical Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

RSCHYr2017 ()

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Samantha Richardson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7897

Course Coordinator Email: samantha.richardson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 215.03.13


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines at a level equivalent to AQF level 8.
Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.
 


Course Description

This course will enable Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to plan and conduct advanced research in order to create new knowledge in the biological, medical and health sciences. In this course you will:
• Further develop your knowledge of the philosophy and practice of research in the field of biological, medical and health sciences.
• Be exposed to a range of literature pertinent to the biological, medical and health sciences.
• Deepen your understanding of the broad range of methods and techniques for research in the biological, medical and health sciences and the processes for critically evaluating each method for the purposes of designing a research project.
• Refine your critical and creative thinking and communication skills to the high level required from professional researchers in these fields.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the end of this course HDR candidates should be able to:
• Critically evaluate a range of research methods and techniques and be able to create a convincing, written rationale for selecting them.
• Craft research questions pertinent to the biological, medical and health sciences, based on an extensive knowledge of the relevant literature.
• Design a research project of appropriate scope for a higher degree by research candidature.
• Write a literature review which supports a research project and states clearly the project’s contribution to knowledge.
 



Overview of Learning Activities

During this course you will participate in some, or all, of the following activities: lectures, tutorials, online exercises, workshops and symposia.

You will be introduced to a range of literature in this course and will be expected to research other material as necessary to complete the assessments.

This course will introduce you to a range of research methods commonly used in biological, medical and health sciences. A range of questions will be used to frame the exploration of each method:

• What is this method? Who normally uses it and for what kinds of projects?
• What sort of data is collected using this method and how is it analysed?
• How is knowledge made using this method? What counts as ‘evidence’ and ‘rigour’ and how should these be interpreted?
In addition to introducing a range of methods we will spend time discussing and exploring how to:
• Plan and scope a research project and write a research proposal (including the scientific ethical, OHS and IP issues in relation to your proposed project).
• Select the appropriate method(s) to use in your research project.
• Search and select literature to support your research project.
• Frame appropriate research questions.
• Use appropriate technology to support the collection and storage of research data and any relevant references.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment of this course may include:
1. Presentations explaining the work of key researchers in their field, paying close attention to the methods employed by these researchers and how they use methods to create new knowledge.
2. A literature review, including papers (relevant to your topic) that use methods pertinent to your field of research.
3. A research plan that outlines the topic of the research the candidate intends to pursue in their thesis, the research questions that are being asked, the scope of the research, the method(s) that will be used (as well as a rationale for these methods), the timeframes and locations for collection of data and any limitations.
4. Participation in research seminar programs, journal clubs and other appropriate fora.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document which can be found here.