Research and Evidence in Practice - 2017

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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: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 800 word search strategy (10%) , Essay 1 - 1500 word written essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

In this subject students will be introduced to essential skills for evidence-based practice in the field of human nutrition through online activities and discussions.  A systematic 5-step approach will be used to build basic skills in formulating answerable questions, searching for relevant research articles, critically appraising the evidence and evaluating the applicability of the evidence.  Students will develop a basic understanding of the strengths and limitations of key research designs and contemporary challenges of research in human nutrition.  The focus is on the types of research that answer questions about the effectiveness of interventions, and about human experience and meaning and being able to interpret these.  Students will also consider 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 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 — 800 word search strategy (10%)
  • Essay 1 — 1500 word written essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — 1000 word written essay (25%)
  • Quiz 1 — Online, 10 questions (15%)
  • Quiz 2 — Online, 20 questions (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • 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.

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
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • 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.

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