pty5hna honours a



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will focus on learning about research design and the principles of conducting research of relevance to the student's proposed research topic. The subject runs concurrently with the entry-level course and is offered in the summer semester at the beginning of the final year of the entry level physiotherapy courses. Students attend seminars which focus on the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of conducting research. Topics include how to develop answerable scientific questions, how to locate and critically analyse relevant literature, and how to write a systematic literature review. Emphasis is placed on encouraging students to apply principles of critical analysis. In addition to a series of course work sessions, each student works closely with a supervisor who guides the development of a research project.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew Hahne

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed PTY5MCP & PTY5ELG and be enrolled in one of the following courses: HZHHPP, HZHHPB - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice (Honours). HMHPP, HMHPPB - Master of Physiotherapy Practice (Honours).


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPublication manual of the American Psychological Association.PrescribedAmerican Psychological Association (2010).6TH EDN, WASHINGTON, D.C.
ReadingsThe Department of Physiotherapy Honours HandbookPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsFoundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice.RecommendedPortney LG, Watkins MP (2009)3RD EDN, UPPER SADDLE RIVER: PEARSON/PRENTICE HALL.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To refine an answerable research question of relevance to physiotherapy practice.

Refine an answerable research question using PICO.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

02. To systematically and comprehensively locate relevant and credible literature.

Identify credible sources of literature (electronic databases, journals, government reports etc) and develop a comprehensive search strategy using key words and systematic processes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

03. To develop a written systematic review.

Writing a full written systematic review of the literature.
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04. To accept ideas and constructive criticism from others.

Working with an experienced research supervisor in the development of the written report.
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05. To critically evaluate the quality of the located literature.

Identifying suitable quality assessment tools to evaluate the located literature and then applying this to the methods of the primary papers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

06. To indentify themes and consolidate ideas from the body of literature reviewed.

Writing the results and the discussion of the written systematic review.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

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