Research Methodology and Biostatistics – Part 2 Course

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Research Methodology and Biostatistics – Part 2 Course

These are the specifications of the Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine’s

Research Methodology and Biostatistics – Part 2 Course:

1. Awarding Institution / Body: Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
2. Teaching Institution: Online and distance learning, with tutor support
3. Programme Accredited by: School of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, University of America, USA
4. Final Award Compulsory course for students enrolled in the Doctor in Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine
5. Programme title: Research Methodology and Biostatistics – Part 2 Course
6. Course Code and level: DNHM8019
7. Duration of programme: One trimester or 12 weeks
8. Total number of study hours: Equivalent to 5 US credits or 75 clock hours of study
9. Enrolment requirements: Students enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine
10. Enrolment date: First Year, Third Trimester
11. Fees: Full payment: €700 Euros; Instalment plan: €245 per month for 3 monthly payments.



There are 3 parts in this Research Methodology and Biostatistics – Part 2 Course:

PART A – Literature Review – This consists of 6 lessons with assignments consisting of 10 multiple choice, true/false and missing word questions.

PART B – Writing the Doctoral Dissertation – This consists of 12 lessons with assignments.

PART C – Biostatistics – each lesson comprises of 3 videos, making a total of  22 short videos – most are 5 – 10 minutes long covering a specific aspect of Biostatistics. There are assignments after each lesson.


Lesson 1 – Select a Topic – personal interest to former research topic, choosing a research topic, research bias, selecting the focus of your study, choosing the vantage point for the study, developing your research statement, library use, writing the preliminary research topic statement

Lesson 2 – Search the Literature – search tasks and tools, search the literature to review, conduct a literature search, managing your data, scanning the literature, using the Internet and library, mapping your materials, mapping by core idea, refine your topic

Lesson 3 – Develop the Argument – building the case for a literature review, the basics of arguments, teamwork, understanding claims, building evidence, connecting the evidence to the claim, multi claims argument

Lesson 4 – Survey the Literature – building the argument, assembling and cataloguing the data,  reasoning patterns, organising the information, analysing the patterns of the data, building the discovery argument, analysing the argument

Lesson 5 – Critique the Literature – interpreting the literature, implicative  reasoning, argument patterns, backing, evaluating literature critique

Lesson 6 – Write the Review – the writing process, write to understand, literature review format, composing drafts, writing to be understood, completing the final draft, auditing the final draft, tips on writing


PART B – Writing the Doctoral Dissertation

Lesson 1 – What is a Research Proposal – 7 basic questions, the structure of research proposals, the evaluation of research proposals

Lesson 2 – Successful Research Proposals – essential elements of a research proposal, why research proposals may be rejected, exceptional research proposals

Lesson 3 – Selling an Idea – providing information, target audience, art of persuasion

Lesson 4 – The Aims of the Research – clarity, accuracy, precision, aims, background research

Lesson 5 – Literature Review – what do we already know, what literature to include, literature search, reviewing publications, what should the literature review contain, scoping the research

Lesson 6 – Research Questions – importance of good research questions, format of research questions, types of research questions, difference between aims, research problems, objectives and research questions, need for an open-minded approach

Lesson 7 – Research Methods – description of the methods, how will the data be analysed, choice of methods, risk assessment, limitations

Lesson 8 – Planning of Resources – planning the time, scale of the project, accounting for the costs, research skills

Lesson 9 – Research Ethics – what kind of research need ethical approval, do all research proposals cover research ethics, code of research ethics, principles of research ethics, risk assessment, ethics approval

Lesson 10 – Research Outcomes – value for money, outcomes and findings, types of outcome, dissemination of findings, impact

Lesson 11 – Management of Dissertation Activities – research records, planning and control of daily work, writing the dissertation drafts, methodological assistance, personal health and family relationships, writers block

Lesson 12 – The Defence and Publishing the Results – preparing for the defence of the dissertation, journal articles and books,


PART C – Biostatistics

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Statistics – bar charts, pie charts, histograms, timeplots, mode, median, mean, range and standard deviation

Lesson 2 – The Effects of Transforming Data – on spread and center, the effects of outliers on spread and center, the five number summary, boxplots and outliers

Lesson 3 – Percentiles – symmetry, skewness, explanatory and response variables, correlation

Lesson 4 – Regression and R-Squared – residuals, the effects of outliers and extrapolation on regression

Lesson 5 – Causation and Association – placebo effects, control groups, double-blind experiments, types of experimental designs

Lesson 6 – Types of Sampling Methods – census, density properties and their properties

Lesson 7 – The Normal Distribution – 68-95-99.7 rule, Z-scores, standardization, standard normal distribution, probability, sample spaces and complement rules

Lesson 8 – Null and Alternative Hypotheses – statistical hypothesis testing


Materials: All the materials are provided online, which include videos, reading materials, assignments and final exam


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