This unit extends the development of the foundational knowledge acquired in the unit HFB2104 Introduction to research methods.  The basis of clinical practice is explored through the principles and application of evidence-based practice fundamentals in the Paramedicine setting. Students are encouraged to develop their capacity for enquiry, research, critical thought, critical appraisal and analysis through the unit.

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HFB2104 - Introduction to Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate and contrast the historical and contemporary principles of evidence-based practice;  
  2. Apply the skills and knowledge of evidence based practice to evaluate their work as an emergency paramedic;  
  3. Critically examine current policies and clinical practice guidelines and how they support or inhibit the clinical decision making process; and  
  4. Critically appraise evidence and discriminate the sources of bias that confound the interpretation of study outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Group Assignment Part 1 (1000 words) This is an individual completion by each student. 30%
Assignment Group Assignment Part 2 (2000 words) 40%
Test Test (20 mins): 10%
Presentation Group Assignment Part 3 - Presentation (15 mins) 20%

Required reading

Evidence-based practice: Across the health professions. (3rd ed.).
Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S., & Del Mar, C. (2017).
Chatswood, N.S.W.: Elsevier.

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