10 cp Prerequisites Accepted and enrolled in honours degree program Teaching Organisation
Research skills are important for our society as they facilitate change. They are also critical for the development of evidence base 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 first 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 are provided with the knowledge and skills to develop a research protocol and ethics application. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to source, read and critique research literature and synthesise findings in order to clearly describe what is currently known, identify gaps in the research and explain implications for clinical practice.
Students will learn about a range of qualitative and quantitative research designs pertinent to research questions by auditing content in a research methods unit (OTHY305, SWTP320 or SPHY306) and be guided in the selection of appropriate methods for the conduct of their project, including sampling, measurement and introduction to analysis. Principles of ethical conduct in research will be applied in the development of a research protocol and ethics application.
During this semester, students work with their honours supervisor/s to refine and develop their research protocol. In summary, this unit aims to develop student skills in research design and project planning.