Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of General Practice
OfferedNotting Hill First semester 2015 (Online)
Notting Hill Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Peter Schattner


This unit will help clarify what evidence based practice (EBP) is, especially in the general practice setting. The unit aims to enhance student skills in finding and applying the latest research evidence. This includes searching evidence databases on the internet, and critically appraising the information retrieved. The course has been written on the assumption that participants have not previously studied research methods or clinical epidemiology, although either of these would be helpful.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the role and limitations of research evidence in clinical practice
  2. Formulate a well structured question that arises from clinical practice
  3. Search for evidence based answers to questions, especially via electronic resources
  4. Appraise the relevance and validity of the evidence that was found by the search
  5. Apply the evidence to individual patients taking into account their values and the available resources
  6. Apply evidence based practice skills to improve the quality of clinical practice.


Assignment 1: Looking for evidence (1,000 words) (30%)
Assignment 2: Appraising the evidence (1,000 words) (30%)
Assignment 3: Applying the evidence (1,500 words) (40%)

Workload requirements

Online course. 10 hours per weekly session. This takes into account the three assignments, which will take approximately 3 hours each.

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