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Research and Evidence Based Practice (BSC306)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit builds on BSC206 to combine advanced research methodology and evidence-based practice skills for health and human performance-related sciences. This research evidence based combination uses research skills to independently identify a question, select and formulate the best methodology within ethical boundaries to obtain best scientific information and then address the question using this methodology. This unit also advances ability to understand more complex research methodologies, perform advanced literature searches, critically review the literature and apply the results.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Recognise various types of research and their utility
2. Recognise basic epidemiological terms
3. Assemble, retrieve and synthesise information on pertinent clinical questions
4. Apply the concepts of evidence based practice in a clinical situation
Timetabled Learning Activities Weeks 1 to 11: Lectures: 1 x 2 hours; computer laboratories: 1 x 2 hours.
Week 12: Lectures: 1 x 2 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences This Unit will provide students with the advanced skills required for modern research based practice in health or performance related vocations. The Unit is taught using one lecture per week, a computer lab session and tutorials where research questions and relevant articles are systematically and critically reviewed. The labs and tutorials are designed to answer complex clinical and exercise related questions. The student load is about 3 hours per week plus readings. The Unit is set out in the following manner:
Week 1: Fundamentals of evidence-based practice (EBP) including asking and answering clinical or human performance questions. Includes the distribution of an audio presentation on EBP (Computer lab involving formulating research questions in PICO format and answering the question using the literature).
Week 2: Types of Research and Study Design (Computer lab answering questions that involve differing research designs).
Week 3: Normality, Abnormality, Reliability and Validity as research concepts. (Computer lab answering questions on normal anthropometric values, diagnostic test reliability and validity).
Week 4: In the absence of research evidence how do we proceed? Practical expertise and patient/client values and circumstances (It lab searching for biological plausibility for therapeutic and human performance measures).
Week 5: Evidence based practice- The research basis of diagnosis I. Includes the research elements of diagnostic accuracy. (Computer lab searching for articles that answer complex questions about diagnostic and performance tests).
Week 6: Evidence based practice- The research basis of diagnosis II. Includes the research elements of diagnostic accuracy. Includes a critical review of the research methods used in a key article. (Computer lab searching for articles that answer complex questions about diagnostic and performance tests).
Week 7: Evidence based practice- The research basis of therapy, prevention and physical interventions. Includes details on randomised studies. Includes a critical review of the research methods used in a key article. (Computer lab searching for articles that answer complex questions about therapy, prevention, human performance interventions ).
Week 8: Evidence based practice- The research basis of prognosis. Includes the elements of prognosis study design. Includes a critical review of the research methods used in a key article. (Computer lab searching for articles that answer complex questions about prognosis).
Week 9: Evidence based practice- The research basis of adverse events and harm from interventions. Case studies, cohort and case-control studies in action. Includes a critical review of the research methods used in a key article. (Computer lab searching for articles that answer complex questions about adverse events and harm).
Week 10: Assembling research into systematic reviews. The nuts and bolts and critical appraisal of the research methods used in a key article. (Computer lab on systematic reviews that answer complex practice based questions).
Week 11: Understanding research based guidelines. Critical appraisal of the research methods used in a key article. (Computer lab on research based guidelines reviews that provide pathways to best practice).
Week 12: Research Ethics and integrity (Tutorial on complex ethics based cases).
Other Learning Experiences Readings of 1 per week will be discussed in the lecture.
Assessment Oral presentation of best evidence after searching the literature in computer labs in groups of 3-4. Each group member presents at least once during the semester. This assessment links to searching abilities for research answers. Feedback is given at the time of the assessment. The first two computer IT lab have a formative assessment as a practice exercise.
Mid semester short quiz of multiple choice questions.
Formative exam questions: Simulates questions likely to be found in the final exam. Answers provided for self-assessment.
Summative final examination. This exam tests fundamentals of all the essential underpinning elements of the Unit. Feedback by way of answers posted after Board of Examiners.
Prerequisites Completion of BSC206 Introduction to Research Methodology and Evidence Based Practice or special permission of Unit Coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc)+(BClinChiro) [New in 2015]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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Unit Coordinator
BSC306
Professor Bruce Walker
Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1297
e: Bruce.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.064 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
BSC306

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Bruce Walker
Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1297
e: Bruce.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.064 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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