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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to an evidence-based approach to health practice. Students are taught how to frame relevant structured questions, search and appraise the available evidence, and use this to develop appropriate responses in day-to-day health practice settings.

Unit content

Topic 1: Evidence-based practice

Topic 2: Finding the evidence

Topic 3: Types of evidence

Topic 4: Critical appraisal of the evidence

Topic 5: Using the evidence: Appraising clinical guidelines

Topic 6: Using the evidence: Implementation

Learning outcomes

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 examine the steps in evidence-based practice and the role that critical appraisal takes in informing decisions in health practice
2 frame relevant, structured questions and identify the best evidence for answering those questions
3 identify and search the most appropriate data sources for evidence related to relevant, structured questions
4 critically appraise appropriate evidence to answer relevant, structured questions
5 use critical appraisals to consider implications for practice
6 plan a strategy to change healthcare practice based on results from critical appraisals.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. examine the steps in evidence-based practice and the role that critical appraisal takes in informing decisions in health practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. frame relevant, structured questions and identify the best evidence for answering those questions
    • GA1:
  3. identify and search the most appropriate data sources for evidence related to relevant, structured questions
    • GA4:
  4. critically appraise appropriate evidence to answer relevant, structured questions
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. use critical appraisals to consider implications for practice
    • GA5:
  6. plan a strategy to change healthcare practice based on results from critical appraisals.
    • GA4:
    • GA5: