PGC5101 - Evidence based practice - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Professor Kirsten Galbraith


Assoc Professor Kirsten Galbraith

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at

Unit guides






Previously coded PGC5001


This unit will provide students with theoretical information on evidence-based practice (EBP) as well as the skills to incorporate evidence-based medicine into their clinical practice. The unit follows an established framework for application of EBP in practice: Ask, Acquire, Appraise/Assess, Apply, Evaluate. Skill development under this framework will include: formulation of clinical questions, searching the literature for best evidence, evaluating the evidence, and applying the evidence in patient care.

Prescribed text

Guyatt G, Rennie D, eds. Users' Guides to the Medical Literature. Essentials of evidence-based clinical practice (3rd Edition) McGraw-Hill Professional, 2015.


At the completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Develop clinical questions which can be answered using literature evidence.
  2. Prepare and execute an appropriate search strategy (of relevant electronic databases and resources) to find evidence to answer clinical questions.
  3. Evaluate the validity and relevance of literature evidence when answering clinical questions.
  4. Interpret and synthesise the evidence to provide an answer to the clinical question posed.
  5. Effectively communicate evidence based findings to peers and relevant health professionals to support clinical decisions.
  6. Demonstrate attributes of a life-long learner by reflecting on gaps in knowledge and skills relating to the practice of EBP.


Written assessment tasks (incorporating discussion forum posting): 75%

Oral presentation of a critical appraisal: 25%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in online discussion boards or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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