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GENA821 Research Methods

The principles of critical appraisal of health literature, and an introduction to research methodology, research design methods, data collection, research reporting and research ethics.

This paper introduces the basic principles and methods of critical appraisal and research design. It provides the participant with the skills to undertake and contribute to medical research through detailed coverage of research methods and design, data collection and analysis, and research reporting and research ethics.

This paper is a prerequisite for proceeding to a Master of General Practice degree. Taught from Dunedin.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code GENA821
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
GENX 821
Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc
Eligibility
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines. It is normally advisable for participants to have completed GENA 820 prior to enrolling in GENA 821.

Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Contact
gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Tim Stokes and Professor Susan Dovey
Paper Structure
Learning modules include:
  • Research methods and design
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research reporting
  • Research ethics
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is distance taught using Moodle. There are three residentials through the year. Students are expected to participate in audioconferences.
Textbooks
Research techniques for the Health Sciences, 5th Edition by James J Neutens and Laurna Rubinson
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop critical analytic skills related to:
  • General practice published literature
  • Framing research questions
  • Better understanding the nature of applied research as it relates to the discipline of general practice
  • Recognising the moral, ethical, and Treaty of Waitangi implications of different approaches to applied general practice research

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle

The principles of critical appraisal of health literature, and an introduction to research methodology, research design methods, data collection, research reporting and research ethics.

This distance learning paper taught by staff at the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, provides participants with the skills to critically appraise applied primary health care and quality improvement research, through review of key research methods and study designs, data collection and analysis, research reporting and research ethics. In addition, participants will learn how to write a research proposal in a topic of their choice. This paper is worth 30 points and can be credited towards a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in General Practice or Primary Health Care. It is a prerequisite for enrolment in the Master of General Practice..

This paper is a prerequisite for proceeding to a Master of General Practice degree. Taught from Dunedin.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code GENA821
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
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.

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Restriction
GENX 821
Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc
Eligibility
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Contact
gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Tim Stokes and Dr Lauralie Richard
Paper Structure
Learning modules include:
  • Research methods and design
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research reporting
  • Research ethics
The content areas include:
  • Diagnosis
  • clinical management and treatment
  • practitioner and patient perspectives on care
  • health care quality and safety
  • primary health care policy and delivery
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is distance taught using Moodle. There are two residentials through the year. Students are expected to participate in videoconferences.
Textbooks
Greenhalgh T. How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (fifth edition). Chichester: Wiley and BMJ Books, 2014.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop critical analytic skills related to:
  • published research in general practice, primary health care and rural health
  • the framing of research designs and questions
  • the nature of applied primary health care and quality improvement research and its key study designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis
  • the moral and ethical implications of research of different types and the Otago process for ethics committee review of research proposals
  • the Treaty of Waitangi implications for health research and the processes for Maori consultation

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle