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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Examine a range of research methodologies that can be undertaken in naturopathic clinical practice. These methods include case studies, case series, clinical audits, n=1 studies, practice-based surveys and whole-system research. This unit will provide an overview and the strengths and limitations of each of these methods and provide a starting point for the learner to apply these methodologies in their clinic.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview of practice-based research

Topic 2: Identifying appropriate outcome measures

Topic 3: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and research ethics

Topic 4: Case studies, case series and clinical audits

Topic 5: N=1 studies, Single Case Experimental Designs (SCED) and practice-based surveys

Topic 6: Whole systems research

 

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 demonstrate a critical understanding of the methods used in practice based research
2 reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations, and differences, of case studies, case series and clinical audits
3 reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of n=1 and SCED studies
4 reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of practice based surveys
5 reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of whole-system research.

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

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the methods used in practice based research
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations, and differences, of case studies, case series and clinical audits
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of n=1 and SCED studies
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of practice based surveys
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. reflect and critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of whole-system research.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5: