Spring 2020 - HSCI 307 D100

Research Methods in Health Sciences (3)

Class Number: 2166

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    two HSCI 200 division courses, one of which may be taken concurrently.



Principles and applications in health sciences research methodology. Quantitative and qualitative methods. Research process and design. Appropriate approaches for diverse research questions. Research ethics, sources of data, sampling, measurement, data collection, initial data analysis techniques.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to provide students with substantive and fundamental knowledge of health sciences research methodology, and emphasizes the steps involved in the research process. It will introduce the key methodological approaches used in health sciences research, both quantitative and qualitative. This course covers topics ranging from the research process, study design, ethics, sampling techniques, measurement of variables, data collection, and simple data analysis techniques.

TEACHING FORMAT:  There will be one 3-hour lecture session each week and one 1-hour tutorial session each week that will include in-class exercises and small group assignments to assist in assignment and exam preparation.

EXPECTATIONS / IMPORTANT NOTES:  Changes to the syllabus will be made, as necessary, within Faculty / University regulations.


OVERALL GOAL:  By the end of the course students will have a strong foundational knowledge of the research methods used in health research.  

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:  Students will be able to describe the basic elements of the research process, differentiate between quantitative and qualitative methods, describe the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of different study designs, articulate the principles of ethical research practice, and demonstrate competence in applying these concepts in a research paper.


  • iClicker marks 10%
  • Homework Assignment 1 10%
  • Homework Assignment 2 10%
  • Tutorial Assignments (4 X 5%) 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%



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Bassil, K. and Zabkiewicz, D. Health Research Methods: A Canadian Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2014

In addition to readings from the text, other required readings will be assigned from the peer-reviewed literature and posted on Canvas.


Bryman, A. and Bell, E. Social Research Methods: Fifth Canadian Edition. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Registrar Notes:

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