ESSC11004 - Study and Research Skills for Health Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The unit is designed as a foundation for students entering tertiary health sciences courses. Students will learn to identify, retrieve and critically evaluate information pertaining to the health sciences. This unit will provide students with the necessary skills to assist further study in their chosen course with a focus on proficiency of written and oral communications, understanding research methodology and ethical practice, introducing basic statistics in informing clinical practise and presenting students with critical information gathering and recording strategies. Students will also be introduced to evidence based practise and understand its importance in their specific profession or discipline.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students liked the format and content of the course however some students have suggested to increase the small video content to inlcude more information for MAC computer users Moodle The course specifically incorporates staff members who are dedicated MAC users and the small video collection is gradually being developed. More MAC based videos are being planned.
Students liked the smaller video format and structure for lectures Moodle This style of devlivery will remain in the course and the format and structure will only be developed to improve
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify, retrieve and critically evaluate information pertaining to the health sciences
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the different methods of written and oral communication in health science research
  3. Describe research methodology and the role of research in informing clinical practice and decision making
  4. Describe the main uses of statistics in health science analysis and research
  5. Understand evidence-based practice and identify its use in specific professions and disciplines

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Test  
2 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Internal students strongly encouraged to bring laptop, notebook/iPad or smart phone/iPhone to class if possible. It's not essential as we can share these.
  • EndNote (bibliographical software). You MUST use EndNote bibliographic software to format your references for the main assessment item. This software is available to both on-campus and flex students and is available for Windows and Mac users. Consult ITD for instructions on how to download this software. You are encouraged to trial this software early as I will be providing tips on its use and links to instructions each week. It is easy to use and very helpful. See https://my.cqu.edu.au/group/it-services/endonte to access the software
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBrendan Humphries (b.humphries@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to study and research skills.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Critical thinking: Evaluation of evidence and reflective practice.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Information searching skills: Databases such as Cochrane Library, Medline, CINAHL and SPORTDiscus.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Plagiarism, referencing and EndNote.

Week 5 03-04-2017

EndNote and Microsoft Word.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Introduction to scientific writing.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Writing: Important rules and tips.

EndNote and Word Assessment Due Thursday (27 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Oral presentation skills.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Understanding research.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Research design and ethical concerns.

Week 11 22-05-2017

An introduction to using and understanding statistics: Descriptive statistics, probability and commonly used statistical terms and tests.

Week 12 29-05-2017

An introduction to using and understanding statistics: Measuring differences and relationships.

Final Online Quiz Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

This unit has NO exam

EndNote is a bibliographical software that we will be using during the term. You MUST use EndNote to format your references for the main assessment item (Endnote and Word Assessment). This software is available to both on-campus and distance students and is available for Windows and Mac users. Consult ITD for instructions on how to download this software. Also, the university library (http://libguides.library.cqu.edu.au/endnote-installation) has excellent resources for loading the software. You are encouraged to download and trial this software early (before term starts) and I will be providing tips on its use and links to instructions each week. It is easy to use and very helpful. See https://my.cqu.edu.au/group/it-services/endonte to access the software. PLEASE read the instructions carefully, DO NOT just select the Endnote.exe file.

1 Online Test

Assessment Title Final Online Quiz
Task Description

The final online quiz will consist of 30 randomly generated questions to be completed in 60 MINUTES. Questions will be presented as multiple choice, written (take care with spelling), true/false, and matching questions. The content for questions will be taken from key knowledge, concepts, and associated readings discussed over term from weeks 1 to 12.

It is your responsibility to log onto Moodle and complete the 60 minute quiz within the 48 hour time period allocated. Once logged on, you must complete the quiz as it cannot be saved and you cannot return to it later. The quiz will be made available over a 48 hour period from Wednesday 5.00 pm to Friday 5.00 pm AEST in week 12.

You will receive your mark immediately on completion of the quiz. However, correct answers will not be released until certification of grades.

NOTE: Further details for the final quiz will be posted on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
The online quiz will open on Wednesday (week 12) at 5.00 pm and will close on Friday (week 12) at 5.00 pm.
Return Date to Students You will receive your mark out of 40 immediately but correct answers will only be made available after certification of grades.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The final quiz will be marked as right or wrong.

Students should take care with spelling (Australian English) and grammar, as answers are spelling and grammar sensitive.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The quiz must be completed online through the unit Moodle site during the 48 hour period it is open.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify, retrieve and critically evaluate information pertaining to the health sciences

2. Demonstrate awareness of the different methods of written and oral communication in health science research

3. Describe research methodology and the role of research in informing clinical practice and decision making

4. Describe the main uses of statistics in health science analysis and research

5. Understand evidence-based practice and identify its use in specific professions and disciplines

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title EndNote and Word Assessment
Task Description

This assessment piece requires you to locate and use recent (published within the last five [5] years) primary source material for your 200 word summary on a topic of interest to you. Your summary should provide a very brief introductory overview of what the key issue is, focussing on two important aspects of the issue that you have chosen whilst considering their value and drawbacks. The summary should be completed with a final concluding statement. In this assessment, you should aim to make use of recent primary scientific journal articles and case reports, to make your work as up-to-date as possible and to obtain the best possible mark. A video presentation on this assessment task will be available on the Moodle site for this unit, to give you further support.

The primary focus of this assessment piece is to encourage students to:

(1) Develop an appropriate research question/topic (any topic of interest – some will be provided)

(2) Search appropriate literature from academic/scientific databases

(3) Export the literature into a bibliographic software package (EndNote)

(4) Utilise EndNote to assist with appropriate in-text referencing (APA or Harvard) and develop a reference list

(5) Critically analyse the information and provide a 200 word written and referenced summary

Please note the following details:

• Text should be word-processed using Microsoft Word, with appropriate layout, grammar, spelling, and in-text referencing.

• All references will be required to be downloaded into EndNote. A minimum of five (5) references are required for the file with three (3) of the references including the accompanying full text manuscripts.

• The list of references should form the last section at the end of the assessment. Referencing should be in either APA or Harvard format.

Please save/upload your EndNote library file as a COMPRESSED Library file with the full-text manuscripts included in the library (i.e., as an .enlx file).

*** You MUST use EndNote bibliographic software to format your references for this main assessment item. This software is available to both on-campus and distance students and is available for Windows and Mac users. Consult ITD for instructions on how to download this software. You are encouraged to trial this software early (week one) as I will be providing tips on its use and links to instructions each week. It is easy to use and very helpful. See https://my.cqu.edu.au/group/it-services/endonte to access the software.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Thursday (27-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submitted through Moodle unit site.
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Grades will be sent to you through the Moodle unit site, along with a marking rubric and comments from our marking team. Unit coordinator will post global comments back to all students via Moodle the week after all assignments have been marked.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

There are very detailed assessment criteria for this assessment piece. See Unit Moodle site under the Assessment Block for the actual Assessment Rubric. In summary, the following criteria are critical:

(1) Develop an appropriate research question/topic of interest.

(2) Search appropriate literature from academic/scientific databases such as Cochrane Library, Medline, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus

(3) Export the literature into a bibliographic software package (EndNote)

(4) Utilise EndNote to assist with appropriate in-text referencing (APA or Harvard) and creation of a reference list

(5) Critically analyse the information and provide a 200 word written and referenced summary

(6) Formatting: double spacing with size 12pt standard fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri).

(7) Spelling and Grammar

See the unit Moodle site under the Assessment Block for detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle unit site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify, retrieve and critically evaluate information pertaining to the health sciences

2. Demonstrate awareness of the different methods of written and oral communication in health science research

3. Describe research methodology and the role of research in informing clinical practice and decision making

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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