Working With Evidence

    Unit code: HNB3123 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    VU Sunshine Clinical School


    This unit aims to prepare students to be consumers of research. The contribution of research knowledge to the provision of evidence based health care will be evaluated. Different research methodologies used in healthcare will assist students to develop the critical appraisal skills necessary for evidence based practice.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Describe the origins and development of evidence based healthcare practice;
    2. Critically examine the relationship between research and improvement in healthcare outcomes;
    3. Frame a research question in a structured and focused manner;
    4. Search for evidence using bibliographic data bases;
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies;
    6. Critically appraise a peer reviewed journal article using an appropriate appraisal tool;
    7. Examine the ethical principles of research;
    8. Evaluate research papers including systematic reviews on aspects of clinical practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    Written Assessment (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 60%
    Written Assignment (2000 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Test (30mins)

    Required reading

    Research in nursing, midwifery and allied health
    Richardson-Tench, M., Nicholson, P., Taylor, B., Kermode, S., & Roberts, K. (2018)| Cengage Learning Australia: South Melbourne

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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