Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
An understanding of evidence-based practice and different research approaches is fundamental to research inquiry in any scientific discipline. Thus, this subject is essential in providing an opportunity for students who are health practitioners, to ask, acquire, interpret, analyse, synthesise, and integrate evidence to facilitate ongoing improvement in healthcare practice. Additionally, an understanding of the principles and philosophical positions underpinning different research approaches in health care is essential for postgraduate students to critically evaluate research literature, and to undertake health inquiry, workplace projects or health research.
This subject addresses issues of evidence-based knowledge development and the methods and processes that health disciplines apply to health inquiry, project and research processes within a person-centred care environment. Ways to evaluate solutions to complex clinical issues/problems in the health care environment and formulate a relevant question/topic are addressed. In addition, students will develop skills to search for, read and interpret relevant literature, along with approaches to analysis and synthesis of literature as a preparatory step in writing a literature review for a proposed health inquiry, workplace project or health research.
This subject aims to develop confidence and competence in the application of evidence-based practice and interpretation of health literature.
Because of the large number of students enrolled in this unit, students have been divided into discussion groups of approx. 25 with your own Facilitator allocated. You will be interacting only with this smaller group during your study in this unit.
In order to pass the unit, students are required to complete and submit all three assessment tasks. To pass the unit, students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% across all assessment tasks. Assessment items are aligned with learning outcomes and weekly content to ensure that students demonstrate their achievement of each learning outcome. The successful study of interpreting health research requires incremental learning. This unit is designed to reflect this, and hence mastery of early concepts will be necessary to understand later concepts.
The first assessment task is a quiz which is designed to assess comprehension of philosophies of research approaches and applications in a health context. For the second assessment task, students are asked to collaborate with peers in an online discussion forum that reflects on students’ practice and identifies a practice problem/issue related to quality and safety of care, formulate a related health inquiry question, and provide an overview of their health/research inquiry proposal. An Annotated bibliography and evaluative summary form the final assessment task of this unit, which assesses students’ high level learning and essential knowledge and skills of health enquiry. Students are required to develop skills in the use of information and communication technology to effectively conduct literature searches, and to demonstrate critical reading, analysis and synthesis of relevant literature.