Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy 2

Unit code: HBS3002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus


This unit extends students' skills in understanding the ambiguities and complexity of healthcare through quantitative and qualitative research methods and interpretation. Student skills in locating, retrieving and reviewing peer reviewed journal articles are applied to specific osteopathic patient cases.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply basic statistical concepts commonly used in health sciences research;
  2. Review quantitative and qualitative research data collection and analysis methods;
  3. Exhibit skills and knowledge of the systematic literature search process; and
  4. Interrogate the literature to support clinical decision making in preparation for clinical practice.


For Melbourne campuses

In the 2 computer tests, students demonstrate knowledge of quantitative (Quiz 1) and qualitative (Quiz 2) research methods. In the second assessment, students develop a PICO clinical question and a developed search strategy based on Cochrane review methods, then conduct the systematic literature search, access articles and export citations into a reference manager software, to develop a literature review which answers a clinical question of their choice. In the Exercise, students analyse quantitative and qualitative data and interpret findings.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Two-45 minute, online quizzes (15%) about quantitative statistics and qualitative data collection techniques.
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Group report on a systematic literature search and interrogate the literature to support clinical decision making. (1500 word essay)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 40%
Two in-class problem-based activities (2 hours each, 20% each) assessing qualitative and quantitative methods.

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Resources will be made available via the VU Collaborate system. The following supplementary texts are referred to regularly. Straus, S., et al. (2018) Evidence-Based Medicine. How to Practice and Teach EBM 5th ed. London: Elsevier Hulley, S.B., et al. (2013) Designing Clinical Research 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, William & Wilkins Aron, A., Coups, E. & Aron, E. (2013) Statistics for Psychology, 6th ed New York: Pearson

As part of a course

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