BMED 383, Advanced Research Methodologies, will provide students with the opportunity to build a mixed methods research design around questions of personal interest. The course instruction will assist students as they navigate processes of literature review, question development, experimental design, proposed approaches to data analyses (both quantitative and qualitative), and proposed methods of knowledge mobilization.
Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (BMED 270/3.0 or HLTH 252/3.0 or PSYC 203/3.0 or SOCY 210/3.0) or permission of the instructor.
After completing BMED 383, students will be able to:
- Review and interpret literature within one or more Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Sciences track(s) to establish research questions relevant to human wellness.
- Establish appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to provide sufficient evidence to effectively respond to research questions.
- Communicate methodological paradigms, approaches, and tests to justify and explain alignment with research questions.
- Navigate requirements for full and informed consent to ensure human dignity and autonomy is protected during the process of inquiry.
- Justify resource requirements for proposed methods to ensure equilibrium between project costs, benefits, and risks.
All assessments will be graded using marking rubrics.
Assessment 1 – Critically Annotated Bibliography (20%)
After identifying areas of interest, students will be asked to engage in a literature review to establish prior research findings and methodologies. Students will cite each paper appropriately (in APA style), and provide a brief (150 word) description of the paper and how they see it pertaining to their research question. The annotated bibliography will serve as reference for their proposed methodology and the defense of the chosen methodology.
Assessment 2 – Online Methods Proposal (15%)
Students will work in groups to create a mixed methods study design. The online methods proposal will be a skeleton framework that requires students to outline key aspects of their research methods including research questions, approaches to both quantitative and qualitative questions, methods of analyses, and proposed methods of knowledge mobilization. Students will also outline each group members’ role and responsibility.
Assessment 3 – Grant Proposal: Methodology and Budget Development (35%)
Groups will complete a small grant proposal as a means of explaining their research methods. The grant proposal will emulate standard grant proposal sections including summary, justification, methods, budget, and knowledge mobilization. However, other sections such as potential for in-kind funding, partnerships, CVs, and description of research teams will be omitted.
Assessment 4 – Grant Proposal: Presentation and Defense of Proposal (20%)
Groups will present their grant proposal through an online asynchronous format that could include a narrated PowerPoint, recorded online voice over IP (e.g., Skype or Go-To-Meeting), or a narrated poster presentation.
Assessment 5 – Grant Proposal: Peer Review (10%)
Students will be required to assess the grant proposal of three assigned groups. A descriptive rubric will be provided for peer evaluations. One (1) randomly chosen peer assessment will be chosen, and the assessor will be graded based on the effectiveness of their feedback.
9–10 hours a week (108–120 hours per term).
Textbooks and Materials
BMED 383 course notes via modules posted online and select readings made available by the instructor.