This unit provides students' with the opportunity to further extend their developing skills in searching, locating and reviewing literature relevant to osteopathic practice by introducing them to the process of critical appraisal. Students will work collaboratively with student peers on a systematic search and literature review assignment that requires them to conduct and justify the process and their findings of qualitative/qualitative systematic literature search on a topic relevant to osteopathy. This unit consolidates the students' knowledge of scholarly literature, research processes and evidence relevant to their chosen profession osteopathy, preparing them for entry into the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique qualitative and quantitative literature using critical appraisal tools;  
  2. Apply statistical analysis techniques used in healthcare research;  
  3. Justify and critically appraise the results of a systematic search; and  
  4. Exhibit professional presentation skills when presenting literature review findings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Report on a paper using critical appraisal tools. 30%
Test Online Quiz 10%
Presentation Ten minute presentation of critically appraising the results and findings of a systematic search. 30%
Examination Written examination (computer based) 30%
90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program as part of accreditation requirements. The tutorial 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.

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Evidence-Based Medicine. How to Practice and Teach EBM 5th ed
Straus, S., et al. (2018)
London: Elsevier

Designing Clinical Research 4th ed
Hulley, S.B., et al. (2013)
Philadelphia: Lippincott, William & Wilkins

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