IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe various types of research designs applied in health professional education; (2) discuss the associated strengths and weaknesses of different research designs; (3) apply knowledge of qualitative research methods; (4) apply knowledge of quantitative research methods; (5) explain basic qualitative data analysis techniques and quantitative statistical methods; and (6) critique relevant health profession related educational literature.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Ms Katrine Nehyba
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
Advisable prior study:
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
Contact hours
Semester 1 Multi-mode (combination of face to face & online delivery) - 1 x 2 hr workshop/tutorial/week

Semester 2 Online only
Text

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

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