Integrating Evidence into Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 1 x 1500 word assignment (40%) , Presentation - AV Presentation = 1000 words (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

In this subject, students gain knowledge and skills that are needed to: develop and refine answerable practice-related questions; develop and implement complex and comprehensive database searches to acquire evidence that is relevant to practice-related questions; appraise the strength of evidence acquired by the searches, apply the acquired evidence to relevant aspects of practice, and reflect on their own performance in asking and answering a practice-related question and applying the answer to practice.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. ask, develop and refine relevant and answerable practice-related questions using a structured approach
  2. acquire evidence relevant to practice by developing and implementing complex and comprehensive search strategies applicable to databases and other repositories of evidence
  3. appraise the strength of evidence generated by a range of methodologies/methods
  4. apply appraised evidence to a practice-related problem or issue or situations
  5. assess your own performance in developing capacity to be an evidence-based practitioner.
  • Assignment — 1 x 1500 word assignment (40%)
  • Presentation — AV Presentation = 1000 words (30%)
  • Report — 1 x 1250 word report (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — If cross institutional, unit coordinator approval needed. View OUA info on La Trobe On Campus to Online or Pathway Programs for details.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Enquiry 1
2Evidence Based Practice
3NHMRC Heirarchy of Evidence
4Systematic Reviews
5Description and Summary of Quantitative Data
6Introduction to Enquiry 2
7Case Control Studies
8Understanding confidence intervals and p-values
9Sampling in Quantitative Research
10Cohort Studies
11Measurement Processes And Measurement Related Issues
12Qualitative Studies
13Randomised Control Trials

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Research Methods in Health: Foundations for

    By: Pranee Liamputtong

    ISBN: 9780190304300


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