OPTM14 Research Methods

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Level: 6
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 30
Self Directed Learning hours: 70
Total Learning Hours: 100


This course aims to provide students with the level of understanding of contemporary massage research that is required to operate effectively as an evidence-based healthcare professional.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the research process
  2. Develop a research query
  3. Locate literature relevant to this query
  4. Understand and critique research articles relevant to health practice
  5. Present research evidence effectively
  6. Describe the role of evidence-based practice


  • Interpreting research articles
  • The research process
  • Developing a research query
  • Searching the literature
  • Presentation of research evidence
  • Evidence-based practice


The following strategies may be used: • Assignments • Theoretical examination • Discussion • Reflective blogging • Oral presentations • Research projects • Online quizzes/exercises • Group projects

Attendance Requirements

Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • There are no required reading resources for this course.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.