Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will explore the skills needed to become critical consumers of research in prosthetics and orthotics. Through both independent and facilitated learning, you will be taught how to apply prior learning of: common research designs, different types of data and measurement scales, statistical tests and interpretation of data from graphs and tables to consume contemporary research in prosthetics and orthotics and make informed judgments about its value and usefulness in clinical practice. The ability to synthesise and communicate the findings of research will also be taught. As critical consumers of prosthetics and orthotics research, students will investigate how to fulfil their responsibilities as providers of evidence based prosthetic and orthotic care, as well as communicate research evidence effectively to a range of stakeholders.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJade Tan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZPOTC AND must have passed HLT2IEP; OR Must be admitted in HMCPO or HHPRO and no other rule applies


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically appraise prosthetics and orthotics research
02. Synthesise information and explain variation in the findings of prosthetics and orthotics research
03. Clearly and coherently communicate prosthetics and orthotics research to a variety of audiences

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJade Tan

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Each student participates in 1 x 2hr workshop per week.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1 hour online test: evaluation of journal article (1500 words equivalent)
Students are to read an article prior to undertaking on-line test.

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

Evidence note and data extraction spreadsheet (1250 word equivalent)
Students prepare a two-page 'evidence note'; a short professional communication that summarises the research evidence on a particular topic. The evidence note is based on the critique and data extraction of four journal articles as would occur in a systematic review.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Infographic (1000 word equivalent)
Students design a one-page 'infographic' for a prescribed audience (e.g., parents). Infographics use a combination of words, pictures, icons or graphics to communicate the salient point in a way that makes complex information easily accessible and as such, they are an increasingly common way for research evidence to be translated.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3