LMP 2320H

Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts
0.5 FCE
Learning Outcomes: (1) An understanding of different research methods, (2) Evaluate and prioritize methods based on needs, and (3) The ability to articulate information needs



The purpose of this course is to explore the methods through which we acquire and make apparent knowledge in a variety of contexts, from early stakeholder engagement to implementation science. Following the exploration of ‘Ways of Knowing’ and research ethics in part one, the second part of the course will focus on quantitative research methods (emphasizing objective measurements and the statistical, mathematical, or numerical analysis of data collected through polls, questionnaires, and surveys, or by manipulating pre-existing statistical data using computational techniques), with the third part highlighting qualitative research methods (that collect and work with non-numerical data and seek to interpret meaning from these data to understand phenomena through the study of targeted populations or places/settings). The final sessions will look at design and quality improvement approaches alongside data visualization and (knowledge) translation.

Teaching Team:


Course Instructor

Christopher is a Research Scientist with Pallium Canada (http://www.pallium.ca) and chairs the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s (NICE; http://www.nicenet.ca) End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, a knowledge transfer network dedicated to enhancing the care of older adults in Canada and abroad. He also chairs the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada’s (QELCCC; http://www.qelccc.ca) Research and Knowledge Translation Committee, a group of national stakeholder organizations concerned about quality end-of-life care.
He is a knowledgeable and experienced educator and has presented at numerous conferences. He regularly teaches courses on aging, health systems/policy research methods and public administration. Here at the TRP, Chris leads the Student-led Work and Research Module (SWARM) and is a Co-Instructor for the Methods in Practices and Contexts course.

Course Instructor

Raza is an enthusiastic researcher with expertise that spans medical decision-making, ethics, research methods, socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental, and physical well-being. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at U of T’s Institute for Life Course and Aging, the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly, and the Chair of the Central Ontario Age-Friendly Network. An expert in his field, he has been invited to speak at national and international gerontology and geriatrics conferences and has been asked to consult with various levels of government on diverse issues related to an aging population.
Raza is a passionate and collaborative educator. His goal is to generate new ways of thinking about topics that motivate exploration. One of the more rewarding aspects of academia is the opportunity to share his knowledge with students and to learn from their insights. At the TRP, he leads the Knowledge Translation in the Community module and is a co-instructor for Research Methods.