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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 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,889.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,674.00

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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

This paper covers:

Choosing a research topic, design and method

Research ethics

Data-gathering: qualitative and quantitative methods

Analysis and writing up: qualitative and quantitative research

Practical aspects of research

Critical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative research

Teaching Arrangements

This is a fully distance-taught paper and is run each year in the first semester.

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

The learning outcomes for this paper are that students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise and synthesise literature pertinent to a specific research problem.
  2. Use basic statistical concepts and terminology accurately
  3. Describe a qualitative methodological approach appropriate for a specific research problem
  4. Apply appropriate ethical principles to the conduct of research
  5. Write a methodologically-sound postgraduate research 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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Semester 1

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