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PHCY506 Research Methods

Selected modules on critical evaluation and practical applications of quantitative and qualitative methods used in health science research. Available to health professionals.

Have you noticed something unusual at work, and now you have a research question? Are you thinking about a master's degree but want a paper that teaches you about a broad range of research methods? Are you interested in an interdisciplinary project or running a social science type survey? Are you looking for practical research guidance? This paper takes a very broad approach to research methods and is taught in a very example-focused manner by two experienced interdisciplinary health researchers.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code PHCY506
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PHCX 506
Limited to
MClinPharm, MHealSc, MPharm, PGDipMLSc, PGDipPharm, PGDipHealSc, PGCertHealSc, MGP, MPHC, MTravMed
Can normally only be taken for the qualifications listed above; other students may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
This paper is targeted to health research and health professionals, but exceptions may be approved.
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr James Green

Paper Structure
This paper covers:
  • Choosing a research topic, design and method
  • Research ethics
  • Collaborating with MÄori in research
  • 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
Two compulsory 2-day weekend workshops (July and October) and five 2-hour videoconferences.
Readings as assigned (no textbook)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Be able to formulate a research question and choose an appropriate study design and method to answer this question
  • Be aware of a range of data-gathering techniques and able to carry these out under supervision
  • Be aware of a range of methods for analysing qualitative and quantitative data and able to carry these out under supervision
  • Be able to identify and understand strengths and weakness of quantitative research designs and methods
  • Understand criteria for evaluating qualitative research

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Distance taught through Dunedin School of Pharmacy

Further Information

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Pharmacy
PO Box 56, Dunedin
Tel  64 3 479 7271

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Second Semester

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