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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.

AVME785 is a 30 point postgraduate level research methods paper, designed for health professionals and delivered by distance teaching. The total amount of work (contact and study hours) associated with the paper is 300 hours, or between 16 – 20 hours a week on average. It is designed flexibly to ensure a minimum standard is met by all students, while offering extension study for those already more familiar with the topic.

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) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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AVMX 785, AVME 885
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 Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

It is run each year in the first semester.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

The focus for the paper is on understanding of the principles of scientific research, and developing the skills to plan and undertake a research project under supervision. You will develop research methods expertise and critical awareness of research methods practices. The key educational goals for the course mean that by the end of the paper you should be able to find and read research articles, understand research methods, critically appraise studies, and develop a research proposal.

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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Semester 1

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