This unit extends students' skills in statistical techniques developed in Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy 1. Qualitative data collection methods and analysis are further explored. Student skills in locating, retrieving and reviewing peer reviewed journal articles are enhanced by application to specific osteopathic patient cases. This unit will prepare them for their group research project in year 4 of the osteopathy program.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply basic statistical concepts commonly used in health sciences research;  
  2. Review qualitative research data collection and analysis methods;  
  3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the systematic literature search process; and  
  4. Interrogate the literature to support clinical decision making in preparation for clinical practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two-30 minute, computer based quizzes (10% each) about quantitative and qualitative research techniques. 20%
Report Group report on a systematic literature search and interrogate the literature to support clinical decision making. (1500 word essay) 40%
Exercise Two in-class problem based activities (20% each) assessing qualitative and quantitative methods. 40%
80% attendance is required at workshops in the osteopathic program as part of accreditation requirements. The workshop activities in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the tutor on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

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