Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy 3

Unit code: HBS3003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus


This unit provides students with the opportunity to further extend their developing skills in searching, locating and reviewing literature relevant to osteopathic practice by introducing them to the process of critical appraisal. Students will work collaboratively with student peers on a systematic search and literature review assignment that requires them to conduct and justify the process and their findings of qualitative/quantitative systematic literature search on a topic relevant to osteopathy. Students will appraise statistical methods used in the health sciences to further develop their understanding of the critical appraisal process. This unit consolidates the students’ knowledge of scholarly literature, research processes and evidence relevant to their chosen profession osteopathy, preparing them for entry into the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise statistical analysis techniques used in healthcare research;
  2. Justify critical appraisal tools to systematically evaluate the validity, strengths, and weaknesses of the available evidence and select the best available evidence to inform practice;
  3. Synthesise the results of a systematic search; and
  4. Exhibit professional communication skills when presenting literature review findings.


For Melbourne campuses

The online quiz tests students understanding and application of basic statistical tests. The report assesses students understanding and application of critical appraisal of a journal article. The infographic allows students to apply and communicate their knowledge of statistics in selected research papers. The group presentation assesses this previous learning by presenting a literature search of a relevant topic with critical appraisal.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Online Quiz (45mins)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Report on a paper using critical appraisal tools (1500 words).
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 30%
Infographic: Statistical methods in healthcare (1500 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group presentation of critical appraisal of the results of a systematic search (15mins)

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Evidence-Based Medicine. How to Practice and Teach EBM
Straus, S., et al. (2018)| London: Elsevier

As part of a course

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