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Evidence Based Practice (Honours) (8987.1)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (197330) - View
  • Physio Non Standard Period 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191767) - View
  • UC Trimester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (180890) - View
  • Flexible and Self Paced Period 6, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164586) - View
  • Flexible and Self Paced Period 6, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (155924) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (148629) - View

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In this unit skills in critical appraisal of the research literature as it can be applied to the assessment and treatment decisions made in physiotherapy practice are developed. Epidemiological research studies are appraised, and the applications to health care practice are explored. An understanding of research design and research methods is gained, so that a project proposal can be developed for the honours thesis. This unit is co-taught with the unit Evidence Based Practice, 8988.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Systematically review literature to inform physiotherapy decisions;

2. Critically evaluate the evidence on an assessment or treatment approach;

3. Communicate this critique at a professional and a lay level;

4. Develop a sound and testable hypothesis;

5. Describe which research design best tests a particular hypothesis;

6. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of a research method for testing a hypothesis; and

7. Explain how and why qualitative and quantitative research methods are used.

Assessment Items

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Contact Hours

One hour per week lecture/tutorial or equivalent; two hours of seminars.


6540 Introduction to Statistics OR
1809 Data Analysis and Statistics OR
8575 Health Data Analysis OR
11398 Introduction to Research in Health Sciences OR
another equivalent unit.


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Physiotherapy 202JA, and Permission of Unit Convener to participate in the Honours stream.

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