Course Title: Research in Health Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in Health Science

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Dawn Wong Lit Wan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7454

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.061

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



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)

  • PLO1: 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


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

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Students are enrolled in this compulsory, first year course that is delivered in a flexible/blended mode (mostly online). There are 12 modules in this course and the core contents are delivered via face-to-face lectures/tutorials, online lectures, online collaborate-ultra tutorial. 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.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester including lectures, tutorials and online activities per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources include targeted readings from a range of sources. Lecture materials are delivered via online or face-to-face lectures. 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: Training certificates for research ethics and academic integrity

Weighting: 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Progressive assessment

Weighting: 40%

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

Assessment Task 3: Research project

Weighting: 40%

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