aud5res independent research




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Research in audiology is a rapidly progressing field which translates into changes in clinical practice. Audiologists require a strong grasp of how to search for evidence in the literature to inform their own clinical practice. This subject will provide you with the knowledge of how clinical decisions can be based on valid and reliable evidence, with particular reference to a chosen area of interest within the field of audiology. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through an individual report and a research project. This subject meets the requirements of the La Trobe Essential, Sustainability.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have passed all of {AUD4IDA, AUD4CAA, AUD4HES, AUD4PHL, AUD5CAB, AUD5LSA, AUD5RHB, AUD5ADA} in order to enrol in this subject.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvidence based practice across the health disciplinesRecommendedHoffman, T, Bennett, S & Del Mar, C 2010ELSEVIER, MELBOURNE
ReadingsProfessional roles in promoting evidence-based practiceRecommendedBatstone G, Edwards M 1996BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT NO 2, VOL 3, PP. 144-147
ReadingsResearch in healthcare: design, conduct and interpretation of health services researchRecommendedCrombie I & Davies H 1996WILEY
ReadingsResearch methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practiceRecommendedLiamputtong, P (ed) 2010OUP, MELBOURNE.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Investigate, generate and evaluate complex ideas regarding the role of research in clinical audiology.

Seminars. Individual/group tutorials. Online resources. Self-directed study.

02. Synthesise and analyse concepts regarding the fundamental research process involved in planning, conducting and disseminating the results of research in the field of audiology.

Seminars. Individual/group tutorials. Define an answerable clinical question. Identify a search strategy to perform a comprehensive literature search. Define a target population.

03. Critically evaluate and justify a professional decision regarding an answerable clinical question.

Seminars. Individual/group tutorials. Online resources. Self-directed studies. Critically appraise research evidence. Determine appropriate process, outcome and satisfaction measures for assessing change.

04. Communicate complex concepts regarding the validity of scientific evidence and clinical applicability/potential for change in clinical practice.

Seminars. Individual/group tutorials. Online resources. Self-directed studies. Identify the need for clinical change. Identify an example of good and bad evidence for clinical practice. Formulate strategy for evidence dissemination. Produce a dissertation of original work identifying a topic or clinical problem, the application of evidence to the problem, and comment on the applicability to changes in clinical practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 10 - 13
Four 1.0 hours computer laboratory other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 14 - 20
Seven 2.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 14 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 5,000 word dissertation.8004, 02, 03, 01
One report outlining progress to date: abstract, overall structure, reference list. 500 words app.2001, 02, 03