HLT430 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 and for pursuing research at honours level. The subject considers concepts in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and includes basic statistical concepts and methods, and the critical appraisal of literature in science and healthcare.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HLT430. 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



One session


School 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.
  • Be able to plan for and develop a research proposal.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HLT430 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Draft proposal and literature review
Final proposal and literature review
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.