RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE IN PRACTICE

HEA102

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the use of research-based evidence in allied health care practice. Working in interprofessional teams and using a range of case scenarios, students will develop knowledge and research skills in areas relevant to their field of practice. Through online activities and workshops, students will develop an understanding of the role of evidence-based practice in health. Areas of study include systematic approaches to acquiring evidence, critical appraisal of the literature, interpretation of research design, descriptive and inferential statistics and assessment of research outcomes. Students will learn how an evidence-based approach in health informs clinical practice. Students will develop research skills to determine the most appropriate intervention techniques for application in a given clinical population, while understanding the complex interaction between social, economic and environmental influences that contribute to sustainability thinking.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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 who wish to undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment, may do so with subject coordinator approval.

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsResearch basics for health sciences [E-Resource]PrescribedMurley,G.S., Erickson,S., Hodgkin,S., & Karasmanis,S. (Eds.). (2012)LMS SITE, FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES.

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 (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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:
Workshop 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 (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate verbal, writing and digital media skills that effectively communicate research-based guidance.

Activities:
Students will develop verbal and digital communications skills through workshop presentations, team 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 (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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:
Team poster presentation which requires data analysis and interpretation about a real-world scenario that impacts on sustainability.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2016, OUA Study Period 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.
"Start Week OUA-SP3-1. End Week OUA-SP3-13. Online instance for Open Uni Australia with no timetabled component."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 800-word search strategy and article description10 01, 02, 04
One 15-minute team oral poster presentation (equiv 500 words per student)20 02, 03, 04, 05
one 1500-word written essay30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 60-minute written examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Online, 2016, OUA Study Period 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via online.
"Start Week OUA-SP3-1. End Week OUA-SP3-13. Online instance for Open Uni Australia with no timetabled component."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 800-word search strategy and article description10 01, 02, 04
One 15-minute team oral poster presentation (equiv 500 words per student)20 02, 03, 04, 05
one 1500-word written essay30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 60-minute written examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05