ALLH12006 - Evidence Based Practice For Allied Health
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce students to the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) and develop key skills for conducting EBP within clinical settings. Students will be introduced to models of EBP that can be used to guide clinical decision making at both an individual patient/client level and also at a service delivery level. Students will gain experience in developing clinically answerable questions, performing information searches, critical appraisal and synthesis of information.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
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

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. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 15%

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
The practical aspect. the things learned in the course will be relevant to future practice and will encourage the usage of best practice available. Course Evaluations The three assessment tasks are practical based and designed to help students success in the 'real world' as allied health professionals. Thus the assessments will remain as they are, with only very minor changes being applied.
I particularly enjoyed the use of our class forum, which helped to not only provide support in the form of discussion around various aspects of our learning, but served to be a place where I could see other perspectives, topics and strategies used by my peers to enhance my learning as well. Course Evaluations Continue to encourage and support the use of the discussion forum as the first means of communication between students and the course coordinator.
Just between all the courses for Physiotherapy students, it was really difficult to complete tasks on time, with multiple public holidays and exercise and sport residential school. This isn't specifically about this course. Otherwise cannot really fault this course. Course Evaluations There should be a greater level of communication between staff so that students are presented with a more balanced and considered workload.
The first two assessment tasks were adequately explained with exemplar examples for referencing. However, the final assessment in my opinion lacked clear instructions and direction. Course Evaluations The third assessment task required students to follow the 'authorship guidelines' of an Australian public health peer-reviewed journal. This is something very different for students as they are used to receiving a task sheet that is very clear and concise. The idea of this task was to not provide them with this information, and have them search and interpret the authorship guidelines. Examples of perspective pieces were also provided. It is important that I make the idea of this task clear so that students do not expect the same level of scaffolding for this assessment task, as they received for assessment tasks 1 and 2.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Formulate clinical questions using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format.
  2. Plan, carryout and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions.
  3. Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions with support from established critical appraisal tools.
  4. Apply principles of evidence-based practice to present a synthesized evaluation of a clinical topic using information acquired from multiple sources.
  5. Identify and apply key concepts related to evidence-based practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Online Quiz(zes)  

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 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Online Quiz(zes)    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: There is no required textbook for this course.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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 CoordinatorMelanie Hayman (m.j.hayman@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

Welcome and unit outline

Week 2 13-03-2017

What is evidence-based practice?

Week 3 20-03-2017

Formulating a clinical research question

Week 4 27-03-2017

Acquiring the evidence


Week 5 03-04-2017

Appraising the evidence - Treatment


PICO question and information search Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

BREAK WEEK

Week 6 17-04-2017

Appraising the evidence - Diagnosis

Week 7 24-04-2017

Appraising the evidence - Prognosis

Week 8 01-05-2017

Appraising the evidence - Systematic Reviews

Critical appraisal of original research Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Appraising the evidence - Patients' experiences and concerns

Week 10 15-05-2017

What are clinical guidelines?

Week 11 22-05-2017

Embedding evidence-based practice into routine clinical care

Week 12 29-05-2017

Study Week - no scheduled lecture this week


Perspective piece Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Exam Week - no scheduled lecture this week


Exam Week 12-06-2017

Exam Week - no scheduled lecture this week

IMPORTANT ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

There are 4 assessment tasks for this unit:

  1. PICO research question and information search
  2. Critical appraisal of original research
  3. Perspective piece
  4. Online content quizzes (3 in total)

To pass an assessment task, you must achieve an overall percentage of 50% or higher.

You must pass each of the 4 assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this unit.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title PICO question and information search
Task Description

Assessment Task 1: PICO research question and Information search

The aims of this assessment task are to:

  1. Develop an answerable clinical research question that is consistent with the PICO format.
  2. Carry out an information search using at least 3 electronic academic databases.
  3. Review and refine your articles using the PRISMA Flow Diagram Information Search template.

This written assessment task is due on Friday 7th April 2017 (Week 5) at 11.45pm AEST

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Assessment to be returned within two weeks of submission
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment will be marked against criteria relating to:

  • Ability to construct, explain and justify a clinically answerable question in the PICO format
  • Ability to plan and describe an information search strategy that will help to answer your PICO question
  • Ability to analyse a variety of information sources for relevance to your clinical question using the PRISMA method

Full marking criteria is available on Moodle

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain a percentage grade of at least 50% to pass this assessment task. You must pass all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted via Moodle

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

1. Formulate clinical questions using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format.

2. Plan, carryout and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Critical appraisal of original research
Task Description

Assessment Task 2: Critical appraisal of original research

The aims of this assessment task are to:

  1. Critically and thoroughly appraise one journal article reporting original research relevant to your research questions from Assessment Task, using the appropriate critical appraisal form
  2. Provide an evaluative summary for your critically appraised article

This assessment task is due on Friday 5th May 2017 (Week 8) at 11.45pm AEST.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Assessment to be returned within two weeks of submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment will be marked against criteria relating to:

  • Ability to use critical appraisal tools appropriately and effectively
  • Ability to critically evaluate research articles
  • Academic writing

Full marking criteria will be available on Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain a percentage grade of at least 50% to pass this assessment task. You must pass all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted via Moodle

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

3. Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions with support from established critical appraisal tools.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Perspective piece
Task Description

Assessment Task 3: Perspective Piece

The aims of this assessment piece are to:

  1. Present a synthesised and critical review of your findings and conclusions from the research undertaken in assessment tasks 1 and 2 of this unit.
  2. Write a perspective piece suitable for publication in the Australian Health Review Journal.

This assessment task is due on Friday 2nd June 2017 (Week 12) at 11.45pm AEST.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Assessment to be returned within two weeks of submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be marked against criteria relating to:

  • Ability to present a question in a PICO format and explain it's relevance to clinical practice
  • Ability to concisely synthesis and evaluate research articles and sources to make appropriate and sound conclusions.
  • Academic writing

Full marking criteria will be available on Moodle

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain a percentage grade of at least 50% to pass this assessment task. You must pass all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted via Moodle

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

1. Formulate clinical questions using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format.

2. Plan, carryout and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions.

3. Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions with support from established critical appraisal tools.

4. Apply principles of evidence-based practice to present a synthesized evaluation of a clinical topic using information acquired from multiple sources.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

Online Content Quizzes

This online quizzes will examine content covered throughout this unit as shown below:

1. Content Quiz 1: content covered weeks 1-4 of this unit

This online content quiz will be open from Monday 3rd April at 6.00am AEST - Sunday 9th April at 6.00pm AEST (Week 5)

2. Content Quiz 2: content covered weeks 5- 8

This online content quiz will be open from Monday 8th May at 6.00am AEST - Sunday 14th May at 6.00pm AEST (Week 9)

3. Content Quiz 3: content covered weeks 9-12

This online content quiz will be open from Monday 29th May at 6.00am AEST - Sunday 4th June at 6.00pm AEST (Week 12)

Number of Quizzes 3
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Quiz 1: due week 5, Quiz 2: due week 9 and Quiz 3: due week 12
Return Date to Students Correct answers are made availabe once each of the quizzes close.
Weighting 15%
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain an overall accumulative percentage grade of at least 50% to pass this assessment task. You must pass all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this unit.
Submission Online

Online contect quizzes, completed online

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

1. Formulate clinical questions using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format.

2. Plan, carryout and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions.

3. Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions with support from established critical appraisal tools.

5. Identify and apply key concepts related to evidence-based practice

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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