IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline
This unit provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative, experimental and mixed methods of research appropriate in educational research. This ensures the basic principles relating to research design and analysis in health professional education are covered, allowing students to formulate focused, meaningful and feasible research questions and testable hypotheses. In addition, students read, discuss and critique relevant educational research in terms of theory and research design.
Students are able to (1) identify various types of research designs applied in health professional education; (2) describe the associated strengths and weaknesses of different research designs; (3) provide an overview of qualitative research methods; (4) provide an overview of quantitative research methods; (5) explain and apply basic qualitative data analysis techniques and quantitative statistical methods; and (6) critique relevant health profession related educational literature.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a critique of an educational research project; (2) preparation of a research proposal; and (3) preparation of a human ethics research application.. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gabrielle Brand
Unit rules
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning (may be taken concurrently as a co-requisite)
Contact hours
Semester 1 Face to Face/online - 1 x 2 hr workshop/Practical Classe/week

Semester 2 online only
Unit Outline
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Johnson, B. and Christensen, L. Educational Research: Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Approaches, 5th edn: Sage Publications 2014

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