MHP301 Research in Mental Health (16)

Students undertaking this subject will develop their capacity to appreciate the importance of Indigenous research to their practice of mental health.  The subject content is focused on engaging the student with research by providing the opportunity to explore the potential benefits of Indigenous people knowing about and utilising research. The subject will engage the student in developing research knowledge and skills so they become consumers of research, critical readers of research and are prepared to participate in research projects. This subject has a residential school.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify with formal and informal research as it relates to practices in mental health.
  • be able to access and analyse publications that provide evidence for mental health practice.
  • be able to identify ethical and cultural considerations relevant to research activities in the primary, secondary and tertiary health care contexts.
  • be able to analyse and discuss different approaches and designs as well as their suitability for application to mental health research.
  • be able to describe the various components of a research project.
  • be able to discuss how research can be applied in mental health practice to improve patient/client care.
  • be able to evaluate evidence in mental health practice for best practice and then apply the findings for best practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Critical thinking and writing skills for academic study.
  • Module 2 - Introduction to research
  • Module 3 - The research process
  • Module 4 - Ethical and cultural considerations in research.
  • Module 5 - The basic research process.
  • Module 6 - Methods of data collection.
  • Module 7 - Introduction to statistical methodology as applicable to the presentation of data
  • Module 8 - Introduction to qualitative data and analysis
  • Module 9 - Appraising guidelines for quantitative and qualitative research studies.
  • Module 10 - Development of a research proposal

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna).

 Third Year
Session One                Session Two
MHP311 - 2 days          MHP311 - 2 days
MHP301 - 2.66 days     MHP301 - 2.66 days
MHP302 - 2.66 days     MHP302 - 2.66 days
MHP312 - 2.66 days     MHP313 - 2.66 days
Total 10 days               Total 10 days

Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.


Special Resources

This subject has a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.