Course Title: Research in Health Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in Health Science

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

OHTH2160

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014

OHTH2160

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

OHTH2160

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Internet

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

OHTH2160

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175

Course Coordinator Email: angela.yang@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.018


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.

 


Course Description

OHTH2160 introduces the principles of research in health sciences. Through this course students will develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to work in a research-informed manner. Contents to be covered include the knowledge and skills for literature research, critical appraisal of research evidence, types of research designs/methods and the ethics principles in research. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to understand the principles and basic methods of research in health.


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

  • PLO 1: provide specialised health care within a patient centred evidence based framework

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 2

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (2.a)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

 


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand the ethics principles and basic processes guiding research in health;
  2. Understand the common statistical types used to analyse data from research in health;
  3. Discuss qualitative and quantitative methods for research in health;
  4. Discuss the major research types in relation to the evidence strengths to guide practice;
  5. Identify credible research evidence to guide the practice in health;
  6. Critique literature in health research at the beginner’s level.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students are enrolled in this compulsory, first year course that is delivered online. The core content and recommended reading materials will be made available in Canvas. The theories and practical skills learnt during lectures are extended in tutorials. Short answer tests/quizzes also assist student learning.

Students are required to complete the tasks of the recommended reading materials and learning activities. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the learning activities with the teaching team in Canvas throughout the semester.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources include targeted readings from a range of sources. Selected materials are digitally available to students. RMIT provides the resources and tools for learning in this course through its online systems. Learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Progressive assessment

Weighting: 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Article critique

Weighting: 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Research portfolio

Weighting: 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6