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HPER71-113: Generating Evidence Using Research Methods


The “scientific” response to the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that most research does not advance science. In fact, it is estimated that 85% of research is avoidably wasted. Reasons include research that is not published, or that does not address an important research question, or is of poor quality. This subject is for students who wish to develop good research questions and design high-quality studies. It complements the Evidence Based Practice and Policy subject, giving you more in-depth knowledge about the different primary research study designs and their contribution to the strength of evidence in a field. This subject will guide you to be able to construct a high-quality research protocol to a publishable standard.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: HPER71-113
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
  • Medicine
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop a primary research question (using PICO) and identify relevant evidence.
  2. Select and justify a study design to address a primary research question.
  3. Critically appraise the protocols of an appropriate study design.
  4. Construct a study protocol to answer a specific primary research question.

Enrolment requirements



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.

HPER71-110 Evidence Based Practice and Policy or equivalent