CLINICALLY APPLIED RESEARCH IN PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS

POR4CAR

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students develop foundation skills necessary to plan simple research projects in prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice. Discrete project parts are emphasised including: justification, aims, method, data presentation, interpretation and ethics. Through both independent and facilitated learning, students have the opportunity to develop their ability to: write well evidenced arguments, consider a range of basic research designs common to prosthetics and orthotics, understand different data types and measurement scales, select basic statistical tests, present data and draw logical interpretations. These skills are designed to establish a strong foundation for future subjects and independent work in future practice.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Anderson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFoundations of clinical research: applications to practiceRecommendedPortney, L. G. and Watkins M. P.3RD EDN. PEARSON PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsResearch methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practiceRecommendedLiamputtong, P (ed)ELSEVIER, MELBOURNE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Write a research question, aim statement and hypothesis for a basic research project relevant to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice.

Activities:
a. Formulate and write a research question, relevant to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice, which would typically identify the PICO elements b. Formulate and write a research aim statement, for a basic research project involving up to two groups or categories, which would typically identify the population, independent variable, dependent variable and question type c. Identify and write a hypothesis that is relevant to a research aim statement and specifies the expected result for a variable defined in the aim

02. Construct a logical argument, based on relevant literature, to justify a research aim for a basic research project relevant to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice.

Activities:
a. Describe and provide evidence of the relevance of a problem to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice b. Select, synthesize and critically compare information from the professional literature to understand the problem, identify possible solutions and explain a preferred research aim to address the problem c. Structure information logically to help the reader follow your justification, such that each idea is clearly stated, supported by evidence and linked to a central line of reasoning that leads from the problem statement to the project aim and hypothesis

03. Describe a research method for a basic project relevant to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice that will address the project aim and meet basic ethical standards.

Activities:
a. Identify and describe research designs, involving up to two groups or categories, suited to address the aim of basic project relevant to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice b. Describe step-by-step procedures (including participant recruitment, apparatus, data collection and data analysis) to minimise bias in a basic research project c. Explain ethical procedures to minimise risk to participants and researchers of a basic research project

04. Process, present, analyse and interpret data from a basic research project related to prosthetics and orthotics clinical practice.

Activities:
a. Select, implement and present techniques to summarise data and describe grouped data, including a measure of central tendency, indication of data variability and graphical presentation b. Select, implement and present inferential statistical techniques to compare two groups or explore relationships between two variables c. Discuss analysed data in the context of a previously-stated hypothesis, results from related published studies and implications for clinical practice

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Anderson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1200-word assignment30 01, 02
One 1200-word project30 03, 04
One 700-word class test20 01
One 700-word data analysis project20 03, 04