Course Title: Health Research Methods 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Research Methods 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2011


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Prof Marc Cohen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Entry into Masters level or higher degree

Course Description

This course provides knowledge and skills required to access and interpret the clinical and other health related research literature, with a particular emphasis on Complementary and Alternative medicine 

This course does not  involve statistical training and the use of statistical methods. Student who require this training should choose an alternative Research Methods course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Develop skills in research and analytical capabilities

Upon completion of this part of the subject, postgraduate students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have an appreciation and knowledge of the scientific methodology and research methods.
  2. Recognise research designs and data collection methods in health and clinical research.
  3. Critically evaluate clinical and health related research literature.
  4. Critically appraise the different research methods used in epidemiology and clinical epidemiology.
  5. Appreciate the research area of clinical practice.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of different methods of measuring disease, illness, injury and dysfunction in epidemiology and clinical epidemiology.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of validity, reliability and predictive value for epidemiology and clinical epidemiology.
  8. Complete written critical reviews of published clinical research journal articles relevant to the subject area of clinical practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is designed to be completed on line

Learning activities include readings from a Study guide plus recommended texts.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include a Study guide and extracts from texts and materials accesible via RMIT e-researve plus recommended texts.

Overview of Assessment