HLTH442-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Special Topic: Research Related to Complementary and Alternative/Integrative Medicine (CAM/IM)

This occurrence is not offered in 2020

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course examines issues related to research in Complementary and Alternative/Integrative Medicine, including specific issues in CAM/IM research, as well as research design, data collection and data analysis, ethical issues and dissemination of results. Participants will receive individual mentoring for a research proposal of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critique the strengths and weaknesses of different types of study designs as used in clinical CAM/IM research
2. Develop a research question related to CAM/IM and propose a study design to answer this question
3. Discuss ethical aspects of health research in relation to CAM/IM
4. Conduct a systematic literature review related to CAM/IM


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable Note

Timetable 2020: This course is taught in two blocks of 3 days each. Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A 2020
22-24 July 0900-1630
Venue: TBC

Intensive Block Course B 2020
14-16 Sept 0900-1630
Venue: TBC

This course may be taken by students who do not live in Christchurch however attendance at the block courses is required.

Course Coordinator

Wendy Maddocks


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Discussion 03 Aug 2020 20% Learning Outcomes 1 & 3.
Essay 07 Sep 2020 40% 3,000 words. Learning outcomes 3.
Literature Review and Research Protocol 28 Oct 2020 40% 3,000 words. Learning outcomes 2 & 4.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Lewith, G. T. , Jonas, Wayne B., Walach, Harald; Clinical research in complementary therapies : principles, problems, and solutions; 2nd ed; Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2011 (There are no required texts for this course however the following textbook is recommended as a student resource. It is available either in a print or digital edition).

Required Reading:
Each session will have assigned readings that will be referenced on LEARN, the University’s online course support website LEARN, or sourced by students from the UC library databases. Students are expected to have read these prior to each session.

Additional recommended reading will be placed on the LEARN site once enrolment confirmed.

Students will be required to access and download PDF files of journal articles from UC Library.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,193.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 4 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All HLTH442 Occurrences

  • HLTH442-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020 - Not Offered