Research skills are important for our society as they facilitate change. They are also critical for the development of evidence-based practice that ensures quality care of individuals, families and communities requiring allied health services. Honours programs provide undergraduate students will the opportunity to learn how to do research, to develop more advanced professional knowledge and skills, and to enter higher degrees by research at Masters and PhD levels.
This is the second of three units in the Allied Health Honours program and includes students from three disciplines: Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.
In this unit students will commence the implementation phase of their project including data collection, data management and analysis. Students will learn and apply project management skills to ensure the project is effectively and ethically conducted, managed, analysed and presented. Skills in data security, management and analysis will be learned through in-class activities and practical application of individual projects. Students will write a comprehensive literature review that justifies the need for the research project, and will form the first chapter of the final thesis. Students work closely with their supervisor throughout the semester to implement the project and write the literature review. In summary, this unit aims to introduce students to research project implementation and comprehensive literature reviews.