Evidence Based Practice

Course code SWRK6010Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will examine the current evidence based practice trend in the human services, within the broader political, economic, social and historical contexts. Skills in identifying and locating relevant evidence will be developed through practical exercises relating to issues encountered in students own professional practice. Consideration will be given to a range of types of evidence and how these can inform decision making and effective practice. Both the benefits and limitations of an evidence based practice approach will be addressed.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThrough the course, students will enhance:
- Knowledge of the principles involved in an evidence based approach to practice and policy development in the human services.
- Ability to apply evidence based practice principles to issues confronted within the human services context.
- Skill in identifying and locating evidence relevant to human service practice scenarios.
- Skill in critically analysing evidence and using this analysis to inform practice decisions.
- Ability to critically evaluate the impact of political and organisational factors on the adoption of evidence based approaches to practice in the human services.
Content1. Concepts and principles in evidence based practice.
2. Political, economic, social and historical context of evidence based practice.
3. Current debates surrounding evidence based practice in the human services.
4. Sources and types of evidence in the human services.
5. Accessing and using evidence databases to inform practice.
6. Systematic literature review.
7. Using evidence for effective professional practice.
8. Limitations of and alternatives to evidence based practice approaches.
9. Analysis of available evidence on a current issue from professional practice (student choice).
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten task 1 worth 50%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten task 2 worth 50%.
Other: (please specify)Ungraded online and /or campus assessment tasks must be completed to a satisfactory standard.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term