Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Summer semester A 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Stephen Burgess


This unit will be taught using a variety of learning and teaching activities. The Unit will be flexible being conducted online using Moodle. Students will be provided with learning material, and will develop an online activities based within the digital media environment. Students will participate in online discussion including peer review of their own and other student's work. Examination, critical appraisal and online exercises are an important teaching, learning and assessment tools. Both on-campus and off-campus students will be able to undertake lectures, seminars and tutorials introducing them evidence based clinical practice. The students will be expected demonstrate their understanding of the application of evidence based clinical practice within their areas of expertise.


By the completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the benefits and limitations of evidence based practice
  2. Perform a comprehensive search of the medical literature
  3. Describe quantitative techniques for data collection and basic analysis for reporting data
  4. Critically appraise studies of therapy, harm, diagnosis and prognosis
  5. Interpret information generated by systematic reviews
  6. Demonstrate the ability to summarise and communicate evidence for professional audiences.


Examination (basic statistical methods): 20%
Critical appraisal Task: 40%
On-line exercises - participation and content: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of internet learning or and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week. If completed on-campus sessions, students will be expected to attend all required contact lectures in addition to a minimum of 6 hours of self-directed learning.