CHIR13012 - Research Literacy for Health Professionals
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit has been developed for you to begin your journey in the expansive field of research. This unit will introduce you to some fundamental principles of research practice and allow for a greater appreciation of research methodology, critical appraisal and basic statistical analysis. This unit will utilise the principle that ‘reading research’ should be the first goal of any research course. You will be given research articles to read in preparation for all weekly lectures and offered the opportunity to undertake formative self-assessment utilising the lecture material and the pre-lecture readings. By the end of this unit, you will be equipped to embark on more rigorous research related units and be prepared to undertake the foundations of an Honour's or Master's level research project.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Completion of 96 credit points

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 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Mackay
  • Sydney

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. Portfolio 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critique the advantages and disadvantages of various research designs used in primary and secondary research
  2. Evaluate research using standardised and non-standardised critical appraisal methods
  3. Analyse basic research data and provide appropriate summaries for further evaluation
  4. Compose a research question in order to develop a collaborative proposal to investigate a selected field of enquiry
  5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio    
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 - Portfolio    
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)
  • SPSS statistical softwarre
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAndrew Vitiello (a.vitiello@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 10-07-2017

Welcome lecture & unit expectations

a) Select your favourite piece of research and discuss 3 reasons why it appeals to you

b) Select a research topic that you would like to investigate in more detail.
Week 2 17-07-2017 PICO and CA/RoB Tools

a) Come up with a clinical question using PICO, then select 3 papers of a similar methodology and use a CA/RoBT of choice to assess their quality

b) 500-word critical discussion on PICO development and the overall CA/RoBT result of the papers chosen
Week 3 24-07-2017

Language & candour in research

a) Select 1 media article that cites a scientific paper and track the article back to its original peer-reviewed source

b) 500-word critical discussion on how the language from the mass media article changed from its original publication (peer-reviewed journal) to its final mass media destination
Week 4 31-07-2017

Sensitivity, Specificity, PPV, NPV & the Nomogram

a) Select 1 diagnostic test you have heard of in the MSK/chiropractic arena and find the original paper that investigated its Sensitivity/Specificity. Use a CA/RoBT to assess how confident you are in the paper’s methodological strength

b) 500-word critical discussion on how the paper scored in the CA/RoBT and what impact that has on your ability to trust the results and the ability of the test to be able to confidently test what it claims
Week 5 07-08-2017

Randomisation & Blinding

a) Select a topic of personal interest and find one article that utilises some form of randomisation, or blinding and a second article that does not.

b) 500-word critical discussion on how the paper scored in the CA/RoBT and what impact a lack of adequate randomisation, or blinding, has on your ability to trust the results of the study. What impact may this have on patient care?
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses

a) Select a Cochrane Systematic Review of personal interest and in your own words discuss the conclusions of the review as you understand them. [In preparation for next week’s portfolio requirement select a corresponding professional guideline]

b) 500-word critical discussion on the language used in the recommendations or conclusion section of the review. Rewrite the conclusions and cast them in a more favourable light. How can language play a role in determining health decisions for a patient?
Week 7 28-08-2017

Professional Guidelines

a) Select a professional guideline that deals with the same treatment of the condition covered by last week’s systematic review

b) 500-word critical discussion on how the conclusions may have differed between the professional guideline and the systematic review? Are there clinical situations where professional guidelines may be more useful than systematic reviews?

Week 8 04-09-2017

RCTs & Prospective Cohort Studies

a) Select a topic of personal interest and find one RCT that utilises abides by the CONSORT statement

b)500-word critical discussion on how adhering to this statement may influence your confidence in the results of the study. Are there clinical situations where a prospective cohort designed study may be more advantageous than a RCT?
Week 9 11-09-2017

Case Studies & Case Series

a) Select a topic of personal interest and find one case study and apply the appropriate CA/RoBT to the study.

b) 250-word critical discussion on the 3 biases that this type of research design does not address. Are there clinical situations where a case study/series may be of use when deciding on a modified/new treatment approach?

c) Revisit the favoured piece of published research you selected in week 1. Write a 250-word critical discussion on whether your initial 3 reasons, and the reasons why it appealed to you, are still valid or not.
Week 10 18-09-2017

Basic Data analysis using SPSS and MS Excel

a) Use the sample data set given and create a table that accurately describes the data set given.

b) Select two variables and find two different ways you can visually represent them both individually, and together.

c) Revisit your chosen week 1 research topic and write a 250-word proposal outlining its investigation
Portfolio Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

REVIEW

Discussion and clarification of issues covered during the term

Week 12 02-10-2017

REVIEW

Discussion and clarification of issues covered during the term

Written Assessment Due Monday (02 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Portfolio submission due this week

Exam Week 16-10-2017

2000-word written assessment

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

Every week tasks are given that will support your learning and understanding of the weeks lecture material. These tasks are to be completed and uploaded onto your Mahara e-portfolio platform. Each student should be able to demonstrate a longitudinal learning journey through the unit and each week builds upon the next.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
The protfolio will be submiited via the moodle assessment link by entering your secret URL along with a marking rubric with your details.
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Marked rubrics will be availbe via the Moodlgradebook
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

During the course of the portfolio the students will examine and reflect on the following key learning themes;

  1. Critique the advantages and disadvantages of various research designs used in primary and secondary research
  2. Compose a research question in order to develop a collaborative proposal to investigate a selected field of enquiry
  3. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Critique the advantages and disadvantages of various research designs used in primary and secondary research

4. Compose a research question in order to develop a collaborative proposal to investigate a selected field of enquiry

5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

The student will have to complete a 2000-word written assessment, comprising of a series of up to five individual , equally weighted, written reflections or specified tasks that reflect the material taught over the term

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
The written assessment will be submiited via the moodle assessment link along with a marking rubric with your details.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Marked rubrics will be availbe via the Moodle gradebook
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The written assessment wil cover the following learnign outcomes

  1. Evaluate research using standardised and non-standardised critical appraisal methods
  2. Analyse basic research data and provide appropriate summaries for further evaluation
  3. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. Evaluate research using standardised and non-standardised critical appraisal methods

3. Analyse basic research data and provide appropriate summaries for further evaluation

5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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