Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice

Key Information

Lecture dates: 25 - 29 May 2020

Census date: 25 May 2020

Lecturer: Dr Susan Sumskis

Duration5 weeks (including 5 days on-campus)

Delivery: On-campus

Subject code: HSW903

Subject Overview

‘Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice’ examines Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), which is central to contemporary health research and practice. Students will learn how to apply scientific methods and statistical principles to a variety of research situations and questions, and to understand the ways in which knowledge in the health and social sciences is validated and communicated.


Complementary and alternative medicine is a thriving sector of health care. Case studies will enable students to study the philosophies, practices and supporting evidence base for selected therapies such as meditation, traditional medicine, qigong, yoga, spiritual healing, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, shiatsu, iridology and kinesiology.


Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate how a range of empirical and analytical approaches are applied to research in the health and social sciences and health practice – and critically analyse their strengths and weaknesses, and the situations in which they can be applied.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of research ethics and the requirements for ethics research approvals.

  • Competently search and critically review the relevant literature, appraise the sociological, statistical and clinical significance, and make suggestions about further research and development.

  • Develop specific research questions suitable for research projects and write a research proposal.

  • Learn the skills of research paper-writing and reporting.


Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:


Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2:  Five lecture days on campus (9am - 5pm)
Weeks 3 - 5: Submission of assessments online