Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Prof Dragan Ilic and Dr Darshini Ayton (Caulfield), Juliana Kagura (South Africa)


This unit introduces students to the skills necessary to locate, critique the usefulness and quality of, and summarise evidence to provide them with a solid foundation for an evidence-based approach to optimising health and well-being at a population level. Students are guided through skills in searching for and locating evidence. They are introduced to different research methodologies and ways of analysing data to understand various research paradigms. This information is used to critique the available literature. Students will be introduced to both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis; basic descriptive statistics;, measurement concepts; and synthesis and reporting of data.


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

  1. Describe different sources of evidence in health (e.g. newspaper articles, internet sites, journal publications, etc)
  2. Retrieve and evaluate health information from diverse sources in order to inform and improve the practice of public health
  3. Describe quantitative and qualitative techniques for data collection and basic analysis for reporting data
  4. Recognise issues of cultural context and ethical principles in data collection and interpretation
  5. Summarise and interpret health information
  6. Demonstrate the ability to summarise and communicate evidence for professional audiences


Evidence ranking and summary - written (20%)
Online Quizzes:
a: Quantitative data test (5%)
b: Qualitative data test (5%)
Group presentation - oral (30%)
Written examination - 2 hours (40%)

Hurdle requirements:
Tutorial attendance (80% attendance)
Workshop attendance (80% attendance)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

4 hours per week - 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 1 hour workshop