EDF5564 - Research applications for practitioners - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Andrea Reupert


Louise McLean

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fourth year sequence in psychology.


EDF5513Not offered in 2019; EDF5720


The aim of this unit is to promote the development of students as independent researchers in their everyday practice. The focus will be on the connections between practice and research, using the frameworks of evidence-based practice and practice-based research. Students will develop 'research literacy' as an essential tool for practice and for the utilisation of research evidence in practice. Students will be provided with opportunities to extend their understanding of different research methodologies, obtain skills and knowledge related to the research process, appreciate the importance of conducting research that is well-grounded in practice, and manage ethical and other issues related to research. Students will learn to formulate answerable practice-related questions, search for, and evaluate and apply evidence, and reflect on their own performance. These skills and knowledge will facilitate and complement students' learning for placement and future professional practice.


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

  1. appreciate the iterative relationship between research and practice
  2. apply and critique various research approaches
  3. understand how different research processes can be used to inform practice in workplace settings
  4. locate, critique, synthesize and apply relevant evidence to practice


Critical literature review (1600 words, 40%)

Research project (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12/144 hours per week/semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:

2 hour workshop per week

  1. Additional requirements (all students):

10 hours of independent study per week

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