Evidence Informed Health Care

Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to scientific enquiry related to evidence-informed health practice. Students who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated an ability to take a clinical concern and write it as a researchable question. They will discover the power of systematically searching the literature and critically evaluating the quality and applicability of existing research. Students will discuss quantitative and qualitative research methods and identify which research methods are most appropriate for each type of research question. Further, they will learn to appraise the quality of published research critically. All this learning is integrated by the students when they write a critical review of the research literature.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Compare and contrast various scientific paradigms

2. Explain the relationship between concepts, theory and research

3. Develop a researchable question; design and conduct a database search

4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the common types of quantitative and qualitative research

5. Undertake a critical review of research literature in a focused area of practice and develop an evidence-based practice sheet as a summary of best evidence.

Content

  • Module 1: Science, Research Methodology and Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Module 2: Questioning and Searching
  • Module 3: Quantitatively Informed Practice
  • Module 4: Qualitatively Informed Practice
  • Module 5: Summarising a Critical Review of the Research Literature

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery program.

Assumed Knowledge

Successful completion of all first year Bachelor Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing courses.

Assessment Items

Quiz: In class exam: Online quiz

Written Assignment: Best evidence practice sheet *

Presentation: Group presentation *

Participation: Preparation for and participation in tutorials

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must achieve a minimum of 80% tutorial preparation and participation (including completion of tutorial guides).

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term

Lecture internal 6 hours x 2 days, 12 hours online

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorials are internal.