Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals

    Unit code: HPT2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    Evidence based practice is a requirement for the work ready graduate healthcare practitioners. This unit introduces students to foundation knowledge and skills about the research enterprise to locate and analyse information from the scientific literature. Using case studies, students will learn how to form a focused research question and how to find the best evidence in the literature. Research designs and processes in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches will be introduced and students will be introduced to appraising the research literature and how to implement research into practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Interpret the process and principles of evidence based practice;
    2. Formulate a focused research question;
    3. Locate and analyse relevant literature from scientific data bases; and
    4. Describe the principles of research methods and interpret basic research statistics.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Test 1 (20mins)
    Assessment type: Literature Review
    Grade: 30%
    Part 1 - literature review outlining the introduction, focussed question, search strategy (750 words)
    Assessment type: Literature Review
    Grade: 40%
    Part 2 – literature review outlining key results and discussion (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Test 2 (40mins)

    Required reading

    Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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