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PHTY72-410: Health Research: Literacy, Planning and Design September 2020 [Intensive - Health Research: Literacy, Planning and Design]

General information

This one-week intensive subject is designed to provide students with a framework and skills necessary for planning and managing health research projects. Students will undertake a series of workshops which will enable them to search for, retrieve, interpret and critically appraise research literature. Additionally, students will develop knowledge and skills relevant to writing a research protocol and ethics application using a variety of design strategies including quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods. Finally, students will learn a variety of methods for analysing data relevant to health, development, learning or performance.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:PHTY72-410
Subject title:Health Research: Literacy, Planning and Design
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:5

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Tutorial: x5 (Total hours: May 1, 1937 12:00:00 AM) - In-class workshop to address key learning outcomes for this subject
  • Personal Study Hours: x5 (Total hours: May 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM) - Personal study hours


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

And/or equivalent to previous subjects PHTY92-415 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II PHTY91-409 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy PHTY92-416 Neurological Physiotherapy

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Formulate clear research questions from a practice or health problem.
  2. Devise appropriate search terms to identify relevant practice, health or learning literature to answer a research question.
  3. Critically review and appraise health or learning research.
  4. Identify and select appropriate methods to investigate and resolve practice or health problems.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of ethical procedures in the research process.
  6. Plan appropriate statistical analysis methods to test research hypotheses or address research aims.
  7. Identify critical elements of a project management plan.
  8. Describe the principles of research integrity and governance processes.
  9. Describe strategies for effective communication of research.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Online Quiz ^ 3 quizzes for 30 minutes each (individual) 80% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Class Participation ^ Students will attend and actively participate in a intensive subject with focused workshops. Feedback regarding participation level will be provided early in this subject. 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 7, 9.

Pass requirement

Students are required to actively participate in all workshop days in full in order to progress to research subjects in the Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

This subject aims to address to the AQF Level 9 Extended Masters Research Literacy requirements.

Subject curriculum

Orientation to Health Research Literacy, Planning and Design

Quantitative Research designs; Introduction to literature Reviews; Scoping and Systematic Reviews, Meta-analysis & Systematic approaches to reviewing the literature

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Study Design

Systematically Searching Research Literature; Literature Search and Selection Strategies

Managing Citations (EndNote Workshop); Literature Search and Selection Strategies

Research ethics, integrity and governance & developing an ethics application; Research Methods and documenting a study protocol

Assessment of Methodological Quality in Quantitative Research

Assessment of Methodological Quality in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

Writing up a literature review and presenting key data; Extracting and synthesizing findings when reviewing literature; Analysing findings in a literature review

Academic Writing

Managing, preparing and analysing research data (SPSS Workshop)

Managing, preparing and analysing research data (RevMan Workshop)

Wrap up of content and assessment requirements

Approved on: Jul 27, 2020. Edition: 1.2
Last updated: Oct 2, 2020.