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.
- Philosophy and ethics in health research
- Exploring and visualising data: descriptive statistics
- Generalising to populations: inferential statistics
- Analysing differences between means
- Analysing correlations
- Research and evidence in practice
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:|
|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|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- recognise different philosophical perspectives in evidence-based healthcare
- explain and apply ethical principles of a proposed inquiry
- conduct and interpret basic data analyses
- apply aspects of the scientific method to solve a problem
Prescribed Learning Resources
- 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.
- No prescribed resources/equipment.
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Teaching and assessment
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