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HSCI 599 Advanced Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Analysis

HSCI 599 Advanced Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Analysis

 Every term
 Year 4 Optional Course
 22-24 hours/week
 6 units
On-Campus Course
Online Course

This course will allow students to carry out an in-depth research project in the Health Sciences. Meant to follow HSCI 592 or 598, students will gain experience answering research questions and/or testing hypotheses using a research plan and methods developed during the initial course, with an emphasis on the development of research skills and practice interpreting data.
Note: The primary difference between HSCI 599 (240 hours) and HSCI 593 (120 hours) is the number of hours the student is expected to spend on the project, which corresponds to an expected increase in the scope of the research project.


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

Minimum 4th year (level 4) standing, a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, registration in the BHSc Program, one of [(HSCI 591/3.0;HSCI 592/3.0); HSCI 598/6.0), 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 599, students will be able to:

  1. Assess peer-reviewed literature, recognizing gaps in knowledge to defend the research questions/hypotheses and articulate how the research could advance the field.
  2. Develop research methods to produce and/or collect data that addresses research question(s) and/or test hypotheses
  3. Analyze and interpret data to answer the research question or support/reject the hypothesis/null hypothesis.
  4. Interpret and attribute methods and results to propose future studies to further the field of research
  1. Communicator (A2 and A3)
  2. Leader
  3. Advocate
  4. Scholar (A1 – A3)
  5. Professional (A1 - A3)
  6. Collaborator (A1)
  7. Content Expert (A2 and A3)

Assessment 1 – Research Performance (30%)

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

Assessment 2 – Poster Presentation (30%)

Students will prepare a conference-style poster presentation outlining their background information, methods, results, and discussion/conclusions and formally present their poster during a class-wide poster session. Students will be expected to prepare a short 3 to 5-minute summary of their poster, as well as to answer questions related to their research project.

Assessment 3 – Written Thesis (40%)

Students must write and submit a written report of their research, including an abstract, introduction, methods, results, and discussion (max. 20 double spaced pages of main text). Students may use their research proposal completed in either BHSC 592 or 598 as a starting off point for this report and will be given enough time to incorporate feedback and discussion generated from their poster presentation into their written thesis.

Students can expect to spend approximately 22 to 24 hours per week working on this course independently, in conjunction with their supervisor, or during in-person sessions.

Weekly in-person sessions/modules – 40 hours
Conducting Research and working on assignments – 200 hours