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PHTY610 Research Methods

Research design, evaluation, survey and qualitative methods.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code PHTY610
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PHTY 510, PHTX 510, PHTX 610
Limited to
MPhty, PGDipPhty

This paper can only be taken at the master's level and is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.

Paper runs subject to numbers.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Prasath Jayakaran

Paper Structure

Each student contributes to regular online discussion forums and completes, an article critique and a research project proposal.

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

The distance teaching incorporates some Zoom sessions.


Foundations of Clinical Research : Applications to Evidence-based Practice

Portney, Leslie Gross

Fourth edition. Philadelphia, PA : F.A. Davis Company 2020

ISBN : 9780803661165

ISBN : 0803661169

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this paper students will be able to:

  • Discuss and debate with peers on the role of research in physiotherapy and the contribution of research to evidence-based practice
  • Perform an effective and efficient systematic search of major research databases to locate and manage citations and information relevant to a physiotherapy research question
  • Conduct a scholarly and rigorous critique/appraisal of research articles and to present these in an informed and coherent manner
  • Identify the key ethical and cultural issues underpinning selected areas of research and demonstrate an understanding of the formal compliance requirements, including consultation with Māori, necessary to conduct research in the university/clinical environment
  • Understand the contributions of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to physiotherapy research and the key principles and theoretical frameworks underpinning these approaches
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the principles of scientific measurement relevant to physiotherapy and be able to critically interpret validity and reliability data with confidence
  • Formulate an advanced understanding of key experimental research designs to be able to systematically critique the use of these designs
  • Individually demonstrate the ability to formulate a meaningful and relevant research question and develop an appropriate research methodology and analysis strategy
  • Present scientific information in appropriate formats to the level expected of postgraduate students and advanced practitioners

Specific objectives/outcomes are associated with each weekly learning activity.

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Semester 1

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

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system