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AVME785 Research Methods

Qualitative and quantitative research, designing research projects, ethical issues, survey methods, quantitative data analysis, statistics, types of data, data presentation, critical appraisal, research frameworks, comparison of methodologies.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code AVME785
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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AVMX 785
Limited to
MAvMed, MHealSc, PGDipAeroRT, PGDipHealSc, PGDipOccMed, MPHC, MTravMed, MGP

Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interested in work, in the aviation medicine or wider healthcare industry.

Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff
Course Director: Julie Myers
Paper Structure
Part of the Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed); Masters of Health Sciences endorsed in Occupational Medicine (MHealSc(OccMed)); Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MHealSc(AeroRT)); Masters of Health Sciences endorsed in Aviation Medicine (MHealSc(AvMed)) programmes.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught each year in the first semester. It is a fully distance-taught paper with an optional week-long Professional Visits Programme held at various locations around the world. Where is it this year?
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this paper students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the importance of research in health care and its relevance to the work of all disciplines of health professionals.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how ethical principles should be applied to the issues of research design and the conduct of research.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to locate and synthesise research literature.
  4. Demonstrate skills in the critical scientific appraisal of the research literature pertaining to health care.
  5. Know how to formulate a research question that may arise from gaps in the literature or one's clinical work.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of research designs relevant for healthcare research, including sampling and survey designs, cross-sectional and longitudinal research, randomised controlled trials, single-case design, introduction to meta-analysis, and selected qualitative methods.
  7. Understand the basic principles and application of a limited range of approaches to qualitative research.
  8. Understand the basic statistical framework used in the design and analysis of health related studies and understand important statistical concepts, terminology, and procedures. This includes descriptive statistics, univariate tests of significance, simple multivariate tests and the confidence interval approach to statistical inference.
  9. Understand important issues in collecting, analysing, reporting and presenting different types of research data and be able to undertake this under supervision.
  10. Write a methodologically sound postgraduate research project proposal.

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Distance taught through the Aviation Medicine programme, University of Otago, Wellington


The main purpose of this paper is to provide students with a clear understanding of the principles of scientific research and how to apply them, enabling them to plan and undertake a research project in practice. The key educational goals for the course mean that on completing the course, students should be able to: find, read and critically appraise research articles; identify and address key ethical issues; and understand research methods including how to develop and frame research questions, collect and analyse data appropriately, and develop a research proposal.

Teaching Arrangements

This course is entirely distance taught via an online teaching platform, webinars and online forums.


Three written assignments50% total
On-line forum contributions10%
Final written assessment (in lieu of an exam)40%

Further Information

Programme Manager
Occupational and Aviation Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington
Tel 04 385 5590

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system