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Applied research for rural health practitioners ( 6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr Eli Ristevski

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: Designed to support in the preparation for the independent research project (minor thesis). It contains a theoretical component, but is aimed at teaching practical research skills. With the aid of the unit website, email, and written material students are taught how to translate their thoughts and interests into a sound a practical research project by undertaking a critical review of literature and developing, under supervision, a research proposal and ethics application.

Objectives: On completion of this unit students will be able to: 1. Communicate an understanding of the use of research as a basis for decision making in the health care policy and clinical arena particularly in its application to rural practice and rural communities; 2. Undertake a critical analysis of the research literature in response to the proposed research question; 3. Develop a research proposal which explains the selection of appropriate research questions, designs and implementation plans within a rural health or community setting; 4. Prepare an ethics application which examines the ethical considerations, legislation and guidelines in promoting ethical conduct in research.


Assessment: Written assignment + Teleconference participation