RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE IN PRACTICE

HEA102

2021

Credit points: 15

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.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsHLT1RAE

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subjects is offered via Open Universities Australia, late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPolgar, S., & Thomas, A.

Year2013

Edition/Volume(6th ed.)

PublisherLondon: Elsevier Health Sciences.

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Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionAvailable as an e-book and in print.

Source locationN/A

Evidence based practice across the health professions

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennett & Chris Del Mar

Year2013

Edition/Volume(2nd ed.)

PublisherChatswood, N.S.W. : Elsevier Australia

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionAvailable as an e-book and in print.

Source locationN/A

Understanding Research Methods for evidence-based practice in health

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTrisha M. Greenhalgh

Year2017

Edition/Volume(2nd ed.)

PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionAvailable as an e-book and in print.

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, OUA study period 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Three 2.00 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Three 1.00 hour scheduled online class per study period on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 800-word search strategy

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One online quiz (consisting of 10 questions) (150 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 1500-word written essay

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO4, SILO5

One 1,000-word written essay

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One online quiz (consisting of 20 questions) (350 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

On-Line, 2021, OUA study period 3, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnj Reddy

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 36 - 48
Three 2.00 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 36 to week 48 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 36 - 48
Three 1.00 hour scheduled online class per study period on weekdays at night from week 36 to week 48 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 36 - 48
Twelve 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 36 to week 48 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 800-word search strategy

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One online quiz (consisting of 10 questions) (150 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 1500-word written essay

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO4, SILO5

One 1,000-word written essay

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One online quiz (consisting of 20 questions) (350 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5