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This course will provide students with an understanding of key quantitative methodological issues in health research from the perspective of research designs and development of current best evidence in health.
On successful completion of this course students will: 1. Have an enhanced understanding of the dominant quantitative scientific method as commonly employed in health research;2. Be introduced and be able to critique important philosophical perspectives of competing and augmenting methods and methodologies applied in this type of research;3. Have an ability to assess and evaluate quantitative health research quality, through implementation of best-practise guidelines and informed critique;4. Understand of the role of generalisability and external validity of quantitative research findings;5. Be able to understand, explain, and critically assess predominant study designs within health research – especially as frequently applied by health dissertation and thesis students; and6. To present both a written and oral overview and critique of research findings for peer review.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Attendance at class sessions is expected throughout the course. Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Students and staff are expected to behave in a professional manner during class; i.e., arrive on time, refrain from mobile phone use and inform the lecturer if they must leave early.
There are no textbook required readings for this course. However, materials, readings, instructions, etc. are available on LEARN (http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/)
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to the Academic Misconduct Regulations (https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-misconduct-regulations/).
Assignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale: Grade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A Pass is 50 marks or over
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 2% mark reduction per day after the specified deadline. Days late include weekend and holidays. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.
Under exceptional circumstances (e.g., illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required.
Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.
Students with disabilities may access the University’s Disability Resource Service to access support. Further information can be found on their website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/
Domestic fee $1,158.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences