MHP314 Research Methods in Mental Health (8)

Students undertaking this subject will develop their capacity to understand and apply research to their mental health practice.  Student will be provided with opportunities to engage in and explore culturally appropriate research that can enhance their practice.  Students will develop their knowledge and skills so that they become critical consumers of research, and are prepared to participate in research projects relevant to their work.



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

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP314. 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 Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science - Mental Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify 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 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; and
  • be able to discuss how research can be applied in mental health practice to improve patient/client care.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Critical thinking and writing skills for academic study;
  • Module 2: Introduction to research and evidence based practice;
  • Module 3: The literature review;
  • Module 4: The research process;
  • Module 5: The development of a research proposal;
  • Module 6: Indigenous and westernised methodologies and research design;
  • Module 7: Ethical considerations in research;
  • Module 8: Introduction to statistical methodology as applicable to the presentation of data; and
  • Module 9: Introduction to qualitative data analysis.

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.9 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.