HLT330 Research Methods in Health Sciences (8)


This subject introduces the principles of research methodology as relevant to the health sciences. It examines the context of research in professional practice in the healthcare field, and will equip students with the basic research skills necessary for their continuing professional education. The subject considers concepts in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology, the critical appraisal of literature in science and healthcare, and includes basic statistical concepts and methods.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HLT330
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to accurately describe the fundamental concepts and approaches in qualitative and quantitative research methodology
  • Be able to identify how moral, ethical, cultural, social, political and environmental issues and responsibilities impact on research.
  • Be able to critically review and critique the literature through the use of valid resources, and thereby provide informed opinion.
  • Be able to demonstrate skills in critical thinking by accurately synthesising new research results in science/health.
  • Be able to apply introductory descriptive and inferential statistical concepts and techniques in the analysis of data.
  • Be able to evaluate the implications of research methodologies on evidence-based practice and on their impact on clinical practice and policy.
  • Be able to apply research methodology to investigate and solve research questions raised in professional practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate skills consistent with life-long learning.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The scientific method and research process,
- Research planning,
- Research designs (qualitative and quantitative),
- Data collection techniques,
- Ethics in research,
- Sourcing health and scientific literature,
- Report writing and referencing,
- Descriptive and inferential statistics,
- Dissemination and critical evaluation of research


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.