Research and Evidence in Practice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 1500 word written task (30%) , Assignment 2 - 800 word written task (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00

subject introduces students to the use of research-based evidence in allied health care practice. Working in interprofessional teams and using a range of case scenarios, students will develop knowledge and research skills in areas relevant to their field of practice. Through online activities and workshops, students will develop an understanding of the role of evidence-based practice in health. Areas of study include systematic approaches to acquiring evidence, critical appraisal of the literature, interpretation of research design, descriptive and inferential statistics and assessment of research outcomes. Students will learn how an evidence-based approach in health informs clinical practice. Students will develop research skills to determine the most appropriate intervention techniques for application in a given clinical population, while understanding the complex interaction between social, economic and environmental influences that contribute to sustainability thinking.

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

  1. explain the different forms and roles of evidence, in health care practice, including the key stages of research development.
  2. utilise systematic search methods to obtain, interpret and summarise key design elements of peer-reviewed journal articles or other forms of evidence-based material.
  3. identify, discuss and interpret selected research outcomes and basic statistics from peer-reviewed journal articles, or other forms of evidence-based material, and estimate the relevance and importance of these outcomes to consumers.
  4. demonstrate verbal, writing and digital media skills that effectively communicate research-based guidance.
  5. demonstrate capacity to engage in an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate health-related challenges to promote sustainable thinking and problem solving in the contemporary world.
  • Assignment 1 — 1500 word written task (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — 800 word written task (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — 60 minute written exam (40%)
  • Presentation — 15 minute oral presentation (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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.

2Ethics in Research and Practice
3Asking Questions to Guide your Search for Evidence
4Acquiring the Evidence
5Introduction to Quantitative Research Design
6Introduction to Qualitative Research Design
7Sources of Bias and Threats to Validity in Qualitative and Quantitative Research
8Reliabilty and Rigour in Qualitative and Quantitative Research
9Outcome Measures and Scales of Measurement in Health Research
10Introduction to Descriptive Statistics and Statistical Inference
11Treatment Effects: Mean Difference, Odds Ration, Risk Ration, Confidence Interval
12Probability (p-values), statistical significance and power
13Treatment Effects and Forest Plots

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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