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POD331 Podiatry Honours Research Seminar (8)


Students will be introduced to the processes of research. They will understand the stages of a research project, develop a research question, turn the question into a research design, and select suitable methods for data collection and analysis. They will understand approaches to data analysis and write up and will understand what a research thesis should contain.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) (Honours) students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:
- Understand the research process, from development of a research question, through to designing a study with data collection and analysis procedures, to writing up and preparing for publication;
- Understand the difference between a thesis and other forms of dissemination, e.g., journal articles and conference presentations; and
- Understand the requirements and procedures for ethics approval for research;
And have:
- Defined and delimited a research problem;
- Formulated a research question;
- Undertaken a review of literature relevant to their chosen research topics; and
- Prepared a written literature review of their chosen research topic.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The research process from beginning to end, i.e., from development of the research question, through to designing a study with data collection and analysis procedures, then writing up and preparing for publication - Development of a timeframe for the honours program and for the students own thesis - Where research questions come from - Formulating research questions - Designing a study to answer the students question(s) - Considering qualitative and quantitative ways of addressing the chosen research question - Reviewing literature, e.g., use of electronic data base searching and use of the internet for research purposes - Structuring a literature review - Scholarly writing - Types of scholarly writing e.g., theses, journal articles, and conference presentations - Formatting, including referencing according to American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines - Structure of a thesis, e.g., introduction, method, results, discussion, and conclusions - The ethics of research - Writing an ethics proposal - Grant applications - Evaluating the product of research, including the marking processes for theses and review processes for articles - Conventions for publication - Intellectual ownership 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.