PAR1021 - Introduction to paramedic research and evidence - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Simon Sawyer


Dr Kelly Bowles

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in M2011


This unit introduces students to the skills necessary to locate, critique, interpret and summarise relevant evidence. This will provide a solid foundation for an evidence-based approach to clinical decision making in paramedicine.

Students are guided through skill development in searching for and locating evidence. They are introduced to different research methodologies 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.


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

  1. Describe different sources of evidence and their roles in paramedic practice.
  2. Construct and implement effective strategies for searching the health and medical literature.
  3. Describe quantitative and qualitative techniques for data collection and basic analysis for reporting data.
  4. Assess bias, limitations and strengths of various research designs.
  5. Recognise ethical principles and requirements in data collection and interpretation.
  6. Summarise and communicate evidence for various audiences.


  • Written report (1,000 words) (15%)
  • Critical appraisal (1,500 words) (20%)
  • Group presentation (25%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

On-campus: A combination of lectures, tutorials, and online activities (6 hours per week), and self-directed study (6 hours per week).

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