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    Development of skills to plan a survey including how to identify appropriate research questions, sample participants, construct and validate a questionnaire, and analyse data descriptively.

    The lecturer will give support to students to choose a research topic, which will be developed in the assignments. The paper will give an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of questionnaire methodologies and help prepare students for research at master's level.

    About this paper

    Paper title Survey Methods
    Subject Public Health
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (8 July 2024 - 30 August 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MA, MSc, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC

    Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.


    Christchurch Campus:

    Teaching staff

    Christchurch Campus: Associate Professor Rebecca McLean (Overall Convenor)

    Paper Structure
    • Introduction to the survey research process; assumptions in survey research/developing research questions; writing a literature review.
    • Doing a literature search; research ethics.
    • Questionnaire development and construction.
    • Data collection methods; piloting and administering surveys.
    • Qualtrics trouble shooting; Sampling
    • Consideration of statistical aspects in survey research including what is required by a biostatistician; Interpreting and writing up data


    • Assignment 1: 40%
    • Assignment 2: 60%
    Teaching Arrangements

    11 July – 15 August, 9am -11am.

    Webinar information to be confirmed.


    Readings will be made available via eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions underpinning survey research
    • Design a rigorous survey
    • Exhibit an understanding of ethical factors that influence the design and conduct of survey research
    • Construct and pilot a questionnaire
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how to prepare survey data for analysis and how to present survey results.


    1st Non standard period (8 July 2024 - 30 August 2024)

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