HLTH SC 2400 - Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

In this course, students will learn to formulate practice-related questions, search for evidence, evaluate the evidence, apply the evidence and reflect on their performance. Students will also develop an understanding of research processes as an essential tool for research evidence in practice. Relevant aspects of research methods will be introduced, and students will acquire knowledge relating to the selection and use of measures and/or tests that are used in research and practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 2400
    Course Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 2
    Coordinating Unit Sch of Allied Hlth Sci & Prac
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) or Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) or Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons)
    Assessment Final Examination, assignment and continuous assessment tasks
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Henri (Hans) Bogaardt

    Course Coordinator: Dr Hans Bogaardt
    Phone: +61 8 8313 8050
    Email: henri.bogaardt@adelaide.edu.au
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Tutor: Prof Stacie Attrill
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3518
    Email: stacie.attrill@adelaide.edu.au
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Tutor: Cameron Dickson
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3676
    Email: cameron.dickson@adelaide.edu.au
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building
    Course Timetable

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

    Timetable information can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply the five steps of evidence based practice to different types of research questions.
    2 Appraise the strength of evidence generated by a range of methodologies.
    3 Analyse and interpret appraised evidence to a practice-related problem or issue or situation.
    4 Integrate and communicate findings that use differing methodologies to explore a similar practice problem.
    5 Consider research ethics and reflect on own performance in developing capacity to be an evidence-based practitioner.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Hoffmann, T. Evidence-based practice across the health professions. 3rd Edition. Elsevier Australia. ISBN 97807295425558
    Online Learning
    All notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course contains online learning modules, and students will be directed to specific learning resources, including video clips, web-based resources, and other readings within these modules. Students will progress through the online learning modules and will consider the differences and similarities of conductive systematic review, randomised controlled trials as well as qualitative and quantitative studies. Students will be supported in their learning through attendance at face to face workshops which will involve learning activities designed to enable practice and reflection on developing skills.

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

    Workshops: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    Preparation for Workshop Sessions: 1 hour per session = 12 hours
    Preparation for Assessment Tasks = 30 hours
    Weekly reading: 3 hours per week = 36 hours
    Online modules: 4 hours per week = 48 hours
    TOTAL = 152 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Continuous assessment Formative & Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assignment Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Examination Summative 40% 3, 4, 5
    Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Continuous Assessment (40%): In teams of 3 to 4 students, students will work on a practice-related topic and propose a solution (research proposal) to a practice problem. During 6 timepoints in this course the group will work on different aspects (eg literature review, ethical considerations, research proposal) of this task. The final outcome of this continuous group assignment will be a coherent research proposal with supporting critical appraisal of existing literature.

    Assignment (20%): Students will be required to present in a short video their appraisal of a research paper, with a focus on potential flaws in methodology. Student will be asked to reflect on methodology in general and more specifically, on the ethical aspects and identify possible research integrity issues. Students will also be required to present on possible improvements with regards to the research question. The video will be uploaded in MyUni and should be around 5 minutes.

    Examination (40%): Students will have to submit a 2,000-word critical appraisal of a mixed-methods paper and discuss what possible implications for clinical practice the findings of the paper might indicate.

    No information currently available.

    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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