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HSCI 592 Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods

HSCI 592 Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods

 Every term
 Year 4 Optional Course
 11-12 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course
Online Course

This course will allow students to carry out a research project in the Health Sciences. Students will gain experience searching relevant literature, developing research questions/hypotheses, and designing a research plan and methods. (Note: The primary difference between HSCI 592 (120 hours) and HSCI 598 (240 hours) is the number of hours the student is expected to spend on the project, which corresponds to a lesser scope of the research project in HSCI 592).


Please review our guide about getting started on a Bachelor of Health Sciences research course here

Minimum 3rd or 4th year (level 3 or 4) standing, a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, registration in the BHSc Program, HSCI 591/3.0, and acceptance by a supervisor.

Note: Department consent is required to enroll.

No more than 12.0 units from HSCI 591/3.0; HSCI 592/3.0; HSCI 593/3.0; HSCI 594/3.0; HSCI 595/3.0; HSCI 598/6.0; HSCI 599/6.0.

Group sessions and working with a research supervisor and their research staff.

After completing HSCI 592, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct a literature search in the health sciences to develop and rationalize research questions, hypothesis, and/or a phenomenon
  2. Develop a research plan to address and/or test a research question, hypothesis, and/or phenomenon
  3. Justify and defend the research question, hypothesis, phenomenon, and experimental plan
  4. Demonstrate skills in research methods to be used in the research project

The course learning outcomes and assessments that correspond with the program competencies are indicated below:

  1. Communicator (A1 and A2)
  2. Leader
  3. Advocate
  4. Scholar (A1 – A3)
  5. Professional (A2 and A3)
  6. Collaborator (A2)
  7. Content Expert (A1 and A3)

Assessment 1 – Literature Review (30%)

The literature review is broken down into two parts. Part 1, counting for 5% of the total grade for the course, will consist of an outline indicating the topics that will be discussed in the literature review, with justification as to why these topics are important to include. Part 2, counting for 25% of the total grade for the course, will consist of a written report in the form of a literature review (max. 6 double-spaced pages), where the final paragraph of the review can speak to the specific objectives of your project and how it will address a gap in knowledge in this research area.

Assessment 2 – Research Performance (30%)

Students will be graded on their drive, initiative, effort, dedication, and research proficiency in working on their project.

Assessment 3 – Research Proposal Presentation (40%)

Students will conduct a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by 5 minutes of questioning, demonstrating their ability to communicate their background information, rationalization for their proposed research, intended research design/methods, and may choose to present any preliminary data that has been attained.

Students can expect to spend approximately 11 - 12 hours per week working on this course independently, in conjunction with their supervisor, or during in-person sessions.

Weekly in-person sessions/modules – 20 hours
Conducting Research and working on assignments – 100 hoursv