TRANHLTH 7005OL - Knowledge translation: implementing evidence in practice

Online - Semester 2 - 2016

This course is the capstone course for the Master of Public Health (Translational Health Science) and provides students with an opportunity to examine current evidence related to implementation strategies and to acquire skills in the pragmatic process of assessing public health evidence and its application, engaging with multidisciplinary teams, other stakeholders and citizens/the public around practice change and implementing evidence in practice as part of quality improvement, safety and quality and practice improvement programs. The learning in this course brings together and extends the key concepts covered throughout the program in relation to public health (with particular reference to health policy and public health interventions) and translation science (specifically, the identification and implementation of evidence in practice).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TRANHLTH 7005OL
    Course Knowledge translation: implementing evidence in practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Translational Health Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 12
    Contact Up to 48 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7074, PUB HLTH 7075, PUB HLTH 7076, PUB HLTH 7078, PUB HLTH 7081, PUB HLTH 7147HO
    Incompatible Interpretive and Critical Research in Health
    Course Description This course is the capstone course for the Master of Public Health (Translational Health Science) and provides students with an opportunity to examine current evidence related to implementation strategies and to acquire skills in the pragmatic process of assessing public health evidence and its application, engaging with multidisciplinary teams, other stakeholders and citizens/the public around practice change and implementing evidence in practice as part of quality improvement, safety and quality and practice improvement programs. The learning in this course brings together and extends the key concepts covered throughout the program in relation to public health (with particular reference to health policy and public health interventions) and translation science (specifically, the identification and implementation of evidence in practice).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kylie Porritt


    Kylie Porritt | Research Fellow
    The Joanna Briggs Institute
    Faculty of Health Sciences | University of Adelaide | SA 5005 AUSTRALIA
    Level 1, 115 Grenfell Street | Adelaide | SA 5000 Australia
    T: +61 8 8313 5167 | F: +61 8 8313 4881 | E: kylie.porritt@adelaide.edu.au |W: www.joannabriggs.org
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the importance of different forms of evidence to inform decision-making
    2. Summarize different models for the translation of evidence into practice
    3. Identify areas of need for change where evidence can be implemented to improve outcomes
    4. Demonstrate the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams to make decisions informed by research evidence
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the potential barriers to change and potential strategies to overcome them
    6. Demonstrate leadership in evidence based practice and research
    7. Discuss and examine ways of assessing and measuring impact factors associated with knowledge translation
    8. Present and communicate information about research evidence and evidence based healthcare
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4-8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1-8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources currently exist and are already available within the School of Translational Health Science and will be made available via MyUni for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    A range of useful readings can be found on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The course content has been developed using Articulate Storyline and will be administered via the MyUni platform.
    Assignments will be submitted online via MyUni or TURNITIN

    MYUNI
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    Login to this resource using your Username and Password. Once logged on to MyUni, you will find the information displayed is customised to present only details relevant to you and the online content for courses that you are studying. For enquiries about online education services, what’s available and access, contact the Online Education Helpdesk:
    The Helpdesk is available for extended hours during the week or through voicemail.
    Phone: (08) 8303 3000
    E-mail: servicedesk@adelaide.edu.au
    You are encouraged to post queries on the discussion board in addition to emailing course coordinator the questions of an academic nature (e.g., about assignments).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will involve a workplace implementation project, supported by a series of lectures and under the supervision of a nominated supervisor from within the School of Translational Health Science in addition to a workplace supervisor.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This is a 12 unit capstone course equivalent to approximately 48 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Module 1 (online lectures):
    A short series of online lectures will be provided in the first 3 weeks of semester to provide students with the information they require to carry out their implementation project as follows:
    • Introduction to evidence implementation
    • Frameworks for implementation
    • The role of evidence in decision making
    • The role of audit and feedback
    • Identifying barriers and facilitators to practice change
    • Getting research into practice
    • Developing a research proposal
    These lectures are designed to support the project to be undertaken in Module 2.

    Module 2 (capstone project):
    This capstone course is the culminating academic and intellectual experience for students providing them with an opportunity to demonstrate their comprehensive understanding of the translation of evidence into practice. The course involves the conduct of an independent evidence-based workplace based implementation project related to the prevention, treatment and/or management of a disease or condition, recovery and rehabilitation or disability support.
    This course builds on knowledge developed throughout the program related to evidence generation, synthesis and implementation. Students must develop a project proposal and conduct a project which includes identification of a practice area, working with a multidisciplinary team to identify a need for change, identification of relevant and appropriate evidence to support the change and the conduct of an audit and practice change process. It will encourage students to consider organisational issues, individual leadership and the importance of harnessing the knowledge and content of professional practice to achieve evidence informed decision-making. Students will develop skills in evidence transfer and change management and the ability to access knowledge, apply this in practice and lead others to use it appropriately.
    This type of “authentic assessment” challenges students to use what they have learned through the program in a real-world scenario and will result in a project report as per the assessment outlined below.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary


    Assessment task Assessment type Weighting Hurdle Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    Assessment 1: Proposal Summative 30% no 1-4
    Assessment 2: Report Summative 70% no 5-8


    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1 (Project proposal): This 3,000-word proposal, to be submitted in week 3 of the course, will provide an opportunity for feedback on the direction and breadth of the proposed project.

    Assessment 2 (Project report): This 10,000-word project will involve the final summative assessment of the understanding of theoretical material and include a case study of implementing evidence/new knowledge into practice. This assessment requires students to choose a setting in which to implement an evidence base in order to improve outcomes. Students must identify a systematic review with clear implications for an area of practice (including but not limited to social, cultural, economic or environmental determinants of health and illness) and conduct an evidence based audit and feedback process to ascertain the level of compliance with the evidence. They must then undertake a process of practice change and re-audit to measure whether there has been any increase in compliance with the evidence. This study may take place in a clinical or community setting.
    Submission
    All assignments will be submitted online via MyUni.
    Assignments will be marked and written feedback provided to students usually within 2 weeks and no later than 4 weeks after submission. Re-submission will not normally be considered.
    Online formative and summative assessment quizzes will provide immediate feedback to the student.

    The SPH late submission procedure will apply:
    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when an assignment for which no extension has been granted is handed in late.
    The procedure is as follows:
    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits;
    For late assignments, marks will then be deducted from the mark awarded, at the rate of
    5 percentage points of the total possible per day.
    The School reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Extensions
    Extension must be requested no later than the last working day before an assignment is due.
    Only a Course Co-ordinator may grant an extension.
    Extensions will only be granted on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Documentary supporting evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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