RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE IN PRACTICE

HEA102

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to essential skills for evidence-based practice in the field of human nutrition through online activities and discussions.  A systematic 5-step approach will be used to build basic skills in formulating answerable questions, searching for relevant research articles, critically appraising the evidence and evaluating the applicability of the evidence.  Students will develop a basic understanding of the strengths and limitations of key research designs and contemporary challenges of research in human nutrition.  The focus is on the types of research that answer questions about the effectiveness of interventions, and about human experience and meaning and being able to interpret these.  Students will also consider the complex interaction between social, economic and environmental influences that contribute to sustainability thinking.  This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential.  Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: HBFN, HOUA, HBFNX.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HLT1RAE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the different forms and roles of evidence, in health care practice, including the key stages of research development.

Activities:
Students will discuss different forms and the relative merit of evidence obtained from different sources, including anecdotal and research-based evidence.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Utilise systematic search methods to obtain, interpret and summarise key design elements of peer-reviewed journal articles or other forms of evidence-based material.

Activities:
Students will undertake a systematic literature search based on an authentic health-related query.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Identify, discuss and interpret selected research outcomes and basic statistics from peer-reviewed journal articles, or other forms of evidence-based material, and estimate the relevance and importance of these outcomes to consumers.

Activities:
Online activities will involve students interpreting statistics from journal articles and other research media. Students will have the opportunity to perform some basic statistical calculations using their own computers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Demonstrate digital media skills that effectively communicate research-based guidance.

Activities:
Students will develop digital communication skills through online class forum discussions, web searching and web-based discussions. Enquiry 1 and 2 are both written assessment tasks that will develop professional writing and communication of research
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Demonstrate capacity to engage in an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate health-related challenges to promote sustainable thinking and problem solving in the contemporary world.

Activities:
Written assessment which requires data analysis and interpretation about a real-world scenario that impacts on sustainability.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 22 - 34
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 22 to week 34 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 800-word search strategy10 01, 02, 03
One online quiz (consisting of 10 questions) (150 words equivalent)15 01, 03, 04, 05
One 1500-word written essay30 04, 05
One 1,000-word written essay25 03, 04, 05
One online quiz (consisting of 20 questions) (350 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 49
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day in week 49 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 800-word search strategy10 01, 02, 03
One online quiz (consisting of 10 questions) (150 words equivalent)15 01, 03, 04, 05
One 1500-word written essay30 04, 05
One 1,000-word written essay25 03, 04, 05
One online quiz (consisting of 20 questions) (350 words equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05