Unit description

Enables students to learn how to evaluate and understand research findings and discover ways to use evidence-based principles (EBP) and resources for intervention planning. Different research paradigms are explored through appraising research literature from a range of disciplines. Students also consider notions such as balancing research evidence, client values and practitioner expertise.

Unit content

Topic 1: Categorising literature for particular disciplines
Topic 2: Database search strategies
Topic 3: Quantitative designs
Topic 4: Qualitative research paradigms
Topic 5: Developing a clinical research question
Topic 6: Choosing and justifying particular research designs
Topic 7: Research methodologies
Topic 8: Issues of validity and 'trustworthiness' in research
Topic 9: Levels of evidence (including revised levels of evidence) according to a variety of frameworks
Topic 10: Assigning studies to particular levels of evidence
Topic 11: Appraising research findings across disciplines
Topic 12: Applying research findings across disciplines
Topic 13: Narrative synthesis in relation to reviewing the literature

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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