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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Enables students to learn how to evaluate and understand research findings and discover ways to use evidence-based principles (EBP) and resources for intervention planning. Different research paradigms are explored through appraising research literature from a range of disciplines. Students also consider notions such as balancing research evidence, client values and practitioner expertise.

Unit content

Topic 1: Categorising literature for particular disciplines
Topic 2: Database search strategies
Topic 3: Quantitative designs
Topic 4: Qualitative research paradigms
Topic 5: Developing a clinical research question
Topic 6: Choosing and justifying particular research designs
Topic 7: Research methodologies
Topic 8: Issues of validity and 'trustworthiness' in research
Topic 9: Levels of evidence (including revised levels of evidence) according to a variety of frameworks
Topic 10: Assigning studies to particular levels of evidence
Topic 11: Appraising research findings across disciplines
Topic 12: Applying research findings across disciplines
Topic 13: Narrative synthesis in relation to reviewing the literature

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 Categorise literature into levels of relevance for particular disciplines and conduct a basic database search strategy.
2 Contrast quantitative and qualitative research paradigms.
3 Develop a clinical research question and explain the choice of particular research design.
4 Discuss research articles in relation to methodology and validity.
5 Describe levels of evidence (including revised levels of evidence) according to a variety of frameworks and assign with rationales studies to particular levels of evidence.
6 Appraise and apply research findings across disciplines.
7 Describe the meaning of 'narrative synthesis' in relation to a literature review.

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

  1. Categorise literature into levels of relevance for particular disciplines and conduct a basic database search strategy.
    • GA1:
  2. Contrast quantitative and qualitative research paradigms.
    • GA1:
  3. Develop a clinical research question and explain the choice of particular research design.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. Discuss research articles in relation to methodology and validity.
    • GA1:
  5. Describe levels of evidence (including revised levels of evidence) according to a variety of frameworks and assign with rationales studies to particular levels of evidence.
    • GA1:
  6. Appraise and apply research findings across disciplines.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. Describe the meaning of 'narrative synthesis' in relation to a literature review.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:

Prescribed texts

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