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PSME406 Research Methods: Mental Health

This practical and academically orientated paper aims to upskill health professionals in the science of research methods, particularly those related to mental health research.

Paper title Research Methods: Mental Health
Paper code PSME406
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
PSMX 406
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Course outline
Eligibility
Applicants must be graduates or hold an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study.
Contact
Judith Stone, judith.stone@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenors: Associate Professor Lois Surgenor and Associate Professor Joseph Boden
Paper Structure
This paper is arranged around three main themes:
  • The first theme examines fundamental concepts on social science research
  • Following this, the course content moves to more specific research paradigms and models used in research
  • The third part of the paper involves developing an individual research proposal
Teaching Arrangements
Four 2-day block courses in Christchurch. Attendance at all block courses is compulsory.
Textbooks
There are no official prescribed texts for this paper. A variety of general texts pertaining to research methods can be located in the Canterbury Medical Library. Required readings will be supplied directly to the class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Recognise the importance of research in mental health and its relevance to the work of all disciplines of health professionals
  • Develop skills in the critical scientific appraisal of the research literature pertaining to mental health
  • Master some of the special conceptual tools of research, including logic and reasoning
  • Understand the basic principles of measurement. This includes knowledge of scales, managing bias and missing cases, reliability and validity, and test construction
  • Gain knowledge of relevant research designs in mental health. This includes sampling and survey designs, cross-sectional and longitudinal research, randomised controlled trials (RCTs), single-case design, introduction to meta-analysis, selected qualitative methods
  • Gain knowledge of relevant statistical concepts and procedures. These include descriptive statistics, power analysis, univariate tests of significance, simple multivariate tests (regression, etc)
  • Understand the ethical issues involved in clinically related research
  • Gain some knowledge of the areas of research undertaken in mental health and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Know how to formulate a research question that may arise from one's clinical work
  • Develop a scientific basis for decision making in professional areas
  • Design one's own preliminary proposal, putting into practice the skills developed in this paper

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This paper will be offered subject to numbers, so early enrolment is recommended

Assessment

Two short assignments 2 x 15%
A research seminar 30%
A research proposal 40%

Further Information

Associate Professor Lois Surgenor
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 372 6733
Email lois.surgenor@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

This practical and academically orientated paper aims to upskill health professionals in the science of research methods, particularly those related to mental health research.

Paper title Research Methods: Mental Health
Paper code PSME406
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Restriction
PSMX 406
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Eligibility
Applicants must be graduates or hold an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study.
Contact
Judith Stone, judith.stone@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenors: Associate Professor Lois Surgenor and Associate Professor Joseph Boden
Paper Structure
This paper is arranged around three main themes:
  • The first theme examines fundamental concepts on social science research
  • Following this, the course content moves to more specific research paradigms and models used in research
  • The third part of the paper involves developing an individual research proposal
Teaching Arrangements
Four 2-day block courses in Christchurch. Attendance at all block courses is compulsory.
Textbooks
There are no official prescribed texts for this paper. A variety of general texts pertaining to research methods can be located in the Canterbury Medical Library. Required readings will be supplied directly to the class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Recognise the importance of research in mental health and its relevance to the work of all disciplines of health professionals
  • Develop skills in the critical scientific appraisal of the research literature pertaining to mental health
  • Master some of the special conceptual tools of research, including logic and reasoning
  • Understand the basic principles of measurement. This includes knowledge of scales, managing bias and missing cases, reliability and validity, and test construction
  • Gain knowledge of relevant research designs in mental health. This includes sampling and survey designs, cross-sectional and longitudinal research, randomised controlled trials (RCTs), single-case design, introduction to meta-analysis, selected qualitative methods
  • Gain knowledge of relevant statistical concepts and procedures. These include descriptive statistics, power analysis, univariate tests of significance, simple multivariate tests (regression, etc)
  • Understand the ethical issues involved in clinically related research
  • Gain some knowledge of the areas of research undertaken in mental health and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Know how to formulate a research question that may arise from one's clinical work
  • Develop a scientific basis for decision making in professional areas
  • Design one's own preliminary proposal, putting into practice the skills developed in this paper

^ Top of page

This paper will be offered subject to numbers, so early enrolment is recommended

Assessment

Two short assignments 2 x 15%
A research seminar 30%
A research proposal 40%

Further Information

Associate Professor Lois Surgenor
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 372 6733
Email lois.surgenor@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard