Research Methodology in Women's Health

Subject 505-524 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of 24 hours contact as one 2 hour session per week for one semester
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional tasks, reading and preparation equivalent with the total time commitment of 96 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Key Centre for Women's Health in Society
Subject Overview:

(Formerly known as Research Methodology)

This subject provides an introduction to research methodology, emphasising research appropriate to women's health and to a gendered understanding of health in society. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are discussed in their historical and epistemological contexts. Critical analysis of published research will be assisted by an understanding of the relation between research questions and research methods.

Subject Objectives: By the end of this subject students will be expected to:
• Appreciate the influence on research of a gendered analysis of health in society
• Understand the advantages and limitations of a variety of research methods
• Be able to assess, using epistemological principles, the consistency of research question, type of evidence required, methods chosen, and inferences drawn

Assessment: Class presentation and discussion of a published qualitative research paper, (500 words) (10%), due mid-semester; class presentation and discussion of a published quantitative research paper (500 words) (10%), due mid-semester; critical review of published papers in which a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods were used to investigate an identified problem in women's health, due end of semester (3 500 words) (80%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Selected readings will be available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

By the end of this subject students will be expected to demonstrate:
• advanced skills in the critical analysis of published research using both qualitative and quantitative methods
• advanced appreciation of the translation of perceived problems into rigorously defined research programs
• advanced communication skills

Subject level: 500

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This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health and a core subject in the Master of Women's Health.

Subject Coordinator: Dr Maggie Kirkman

Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Public Health
Master of Women's Health (Coursework)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Gender Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)

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