Course code MEDI6270Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

This is a distance-learning course for practicing medical practitioners involved in the care of people with diabetes mellitus. It introduces candidates to the practical application of evidence-based medicine and clinical epidemiology methods in improving the investigation, diagnosis and management of diabetes. It will describe the principles of evidence-based medicine and how to critically evaluate the medical literature, examine issues related to assessing normality, sensitivity, specificity and predictive values with respect to diagnostic tests for diabetes and examine the principles of screening and decision analysis for diabetes in clinical practice.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. To gain knowledge and understanding of the practical application of clinical epidemiology methods in the investigation, diagnosis and management of diabetes.
2. To gain knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of the medical literature as they apply to diabetes care.
3. To understand the principles of screening in clinical practice as they relate to diabetes care.
4. To gain knowledge of the principles and methods of clinical decision making analysis, as they relate to diabetes care.
This course contributes to the overall course objectives by providing medical professionals with further skills to improve the investigation, diagnosis and management of diabetes in their clinical practice.
ContentPrinciples of evidence-based medicine.
Guide to critically evaluating the medical literature.
Assessing normality, sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive values of diagnostic test for diabetes.
Principles of screening for diabetes in clinical practice.
Principles of clinical decision analysis.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeKnowledge equivalent to that gained in an MBBS degree and from the course, Introduction to Diabetes Care, will be assumed. Participants must be medical practitioners working in area of diabetes care.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesThis course will be examined by a combination of continuous assessment and an end of semester examination. Continuous assessment will be comprised of a range of tasks including a written assignment, evidence of learning (learning log book) within the candidate's own practice and completion of a critical appraisal exercise. The end of semester examination will use a combination of short answer and essay style questions.
Contact HoursProblem Based Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Care or Master of Diabetes Care programs.