Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

An online postgraduate unit provided by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia, Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health introduces a range of research approaches related to health, human, social and community services. You will be provided with the knowledge, techniques and skills necessary to conduct an independent research project and to critically examine a range of research methods in terms of inclusiveness, validity, reliability and ethics.

On completion of this unit you will have developed an understanding of how research contributes to evidence-based practice, in addition to the basic elements of research design. You will also explore the role of qualitative and quantitative methods for conducting research, and the legal and ethical principles that apply. You will be expected to conduct critical evaluations of research reports and various concepts and philosophies of research, and synthesise your findings.

This unit is delivered through a range of instructional methods and learning materials. Assessment consists of two written assignments and submission of accompanying online planning documents.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

You must also have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Foundations of Social Work Practice

Areas of study

In this Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to research
  • Finding literature and writing a review
  • Evidence based practice, reading and critiquing research
  • Identifying research problems, questions, hypotheses, and a research framework
  • Ethical and legal issues in research
  • Qualitative research designs
  • Sampling
  • Data collection
  • Research rigour in detail
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Writing a research proposal, drawing conclusions, writing research up and disseminating it

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As a core unit of the Master of Social Work degree – also provided by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia – Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health helps to prepare you for a range of roles in social work and human and community services. You will develop the tools to undertake essential research tasks and critically evaluate your findings from a range of academic and philosophical perspectives.

A solid foundation in research in the field of healthcare and social work is an essential skill you will apply to your professional practice in working with individuals, groups and families from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances. It can also be applied to career opportunities in areas such as policy development, facility management, government and advocacy.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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