As competency in evidence-based practice is a requirement for entry into health professions such speech pathology, this unit facilitates students adapting their knowledge about the research enterprise to evaluate the scientific literature.  Using case studies, students will apply the principles of evidence based practice to determine the suitability and applicability of studies to clinical scenarios as well as communicate the findings and their implications.

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APP1012 - Psychology 1A

For HBSL students only - 96 credit points of First Year core HBSL units including APP1012.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate an answerable discipline-related research question that incorporates ethical considerations;  
  2. Demonstrate the skills of retrieving relevant data from searching data base(s);  
  3. Critically and systematically appraise the research literature, and communicate the findings and relate them to clinical practice; and  
  4. Demonstrate understanding of human research ethics as they relate to clinical research.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Part 1 of a brief literature review outlining the introduction, question, search strategy and its justification (750 words) 25%
Test Quality assessment of a clinical trial (1.5hrs); read a paper or clinical guideline; apply the relevant quality assessment tool e.g. PEDro answer set 25%
Assignment Assignment Part 2 of a brief literature review that addresses the results and discussion, relating the study to clinical practice (750 words) 25%
Presentation A 2-minute presentation succinctly justifying the subject safety to an ethics committee. 25%

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