This unit aims to demystify research and to build in students the confidence needed to use evidence with purpose. The unit will help students to understand what research is, to find relevant research products, and to consume and evaluate those products. Students will build foundational knowledge regarding discipline-based and professional contexts (as they relate to distinct course cohorts) in which research is produced and used (e.g. the evidence based practice paradigm as it applies to the health professions). Students will also build skills related to the sourcing, summary, and citing of literature. Students will be supported as they start to apply their knowledge and skills in order to communicate evidence to their peers. In doing so, the unit will enhance students' capacity and confidence to successfully use evidence in their academic and professional work.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Illustrate a developing understanding of research contexts, purposes and processes;  
  2. Source a range of research literature relevant to a topic;  
  3. Interpret, summarise, cite, and critically evaluate evidence drawn from relevant literature; and,  
  4. Communicate evidence in a variety of formats.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Mind-map representation of research context. 10%
Test Series of 3 quizzes evaluating key research concepts and referencing format. 30%
Report Literature review consisting of two parts: i) collation and synthesis, and; ii) evaluation and presentation. 60%

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