Evidence based practice forms foundation knowledge for the work ready graduate healthcare practitioner. The ability to search, interpret and synthesise quality information and apply this information to clinical case scenarios is routine practice for the primary contact healthcare professional. This unit explores the skills and application of research information in a digestible clinical context. It is suited to undergraduate primary contact practitioner professions to build the critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills necessary for work ready graduates.
As competency in evidence based practice is a requirement for entry into the health professions, this unit introduces students to foundation knowledge and skills. Students will learn evidence based practice skills of locating and analysing information from the scientific literature. Research designs and processes in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches will be introduced and students will develop skills in reading and appraising the research literature.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate a focused research question;  
  2. Demonstrate the ability to access and search scientific data bases;  
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of principles of measuring and recording observable scientific phenomena; and  
  4. Describe the principles of research methods and interpret basic research statistics.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Part 1 - literature review outlining the introduction, focussed question, search strategy and its justification (750 words) 30%
Test MCQ: Research methods and basic statistical concepts (1 hour) 30%
Assignment Part 2 – literature review outlining key results and discussion (1000 words) 40%

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