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This subject is recommended to anyone who may be required to undertake a research project in the area of Mental Health during their studies or career. This subject is also a pre-requisite for any student interested to undertake the Psychiatric Research Project as their capstone in the Master of Psychiatry.
In this unit students will be given an introduction to research tools and practice at a basic or introductory level. The course will cover aspects of critical appraisal, research study design qualitative and quantitative statistical methodology and practical aspects of research, such as Ethics submission and seeking funding.
This course will be a mixture of didactic and practical aspects, noting that a number of the potential candidates will be preparing for a mandatory research experience as part of RANZCP training.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Define and apply basic statistical concepts and discuss, compare and contrast basic methodological issues relevant to quantitative psychiatric research;
- Evaluate empirical studies as published in the psychiatric literature, including key appraisal of critical factors in the research and fostering ‘constructive critical doubt’; and
- Understand how to approach the development of a research question into an actual study sufficient to support initial step of their own research (including setting out the project framework, applying for ethics approval, and presenting project outlines and seeking finding).
Last updated: 3 November 2022