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Unit description

Understanding how evidence is created is a cornerstone learning foundation for all students of health sciences. This unit provides a foundation for understanding the nature of evidence in the health sciences. Students are introduced to different philosophical approaches used to inform evidence-based practice and the processes involved in conducting ethical research. Students learn how to apply the scientific method to generate new knowledge and evidence. Through both theoretical and practical components, students will learn how to identify questions and formulate hypotheses, how to manage and analyse data, and how to interpret the results of data analyses.

Unit content

  1. Philosophy and ethics in health research
  2. Exploring and visualising data: descriptive statistics
  3. Generalising to populations: inferential statistics
  4. Analysing differences between means
  5. Analysing correlations
  6. Research and evidence in practice

 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1recognise different philosophical perspectives in evidence-based healthcare
2explain and apply ethical principles of a proposed inquiry
3conduct and interpret basic data analyses
4apply aspects of the scientific method to solve a problem

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise different philosophical perspectives in evidence-based healthcare
  2. explain and apply ethical principles of a proposed inquiry
  3. conduct and interpret basic data analyses
  4. apply aspects of the scientific method to solve a problem

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • This text is available to read online at the library so purchase is not required unless you prefer to read from a book: Portney, LG & Watkins, MP , 2015, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd edn, F. A. Davis, Philadelphia.
Prescribed Resources/Equipment
  • No prescribed resources/equipment.

Prescribed Texts
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Report30%
Report50%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Report30%
Report50%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Report30%
Report50%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Report30%
Report50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

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