This unit aims to prepare students to be consumers of research. The contribution of research knowledge to the provision of evidence based health care will be evaluated. Different research methodologies used in healthcare will assist students to develop the critical appraisal skills necessary for evidence based practice.

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VU Sunshine Clinical School
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the origins and development of evidence based healthcare practice;  
  2. Critically examine the relationship between research and improvement in healthcare outcomes;  
  3. Frame a research question in a structured and focused manner;  
  4. Search for evidence using bibliographic data bases;  
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies;  
  6. Critically appraise a peer reviewed journal article using an appropriate appraisal tool;  
  7. Examine the ethical principles of research;  
  8. Evaluate research papers including systematic reviews on aspects of clinical practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assessment (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Written Assignment (2000 words) 60%
Test Test (30mins) 20%

Required reading

Research in nursing, midwifery and allied health 6th ed.
Richardson-Tench, M., Nicholson, P., Taylor, B., Kermode, S., & Roberts, K. (2018)
Cengage Learning Australia: South Melbourne

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