PHYSIOTH 4005 - Advanced EBP in Physiotherapy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the use of best available evidence combined with patient preferences, available resources and therapist expertise in negotiating patient care. Evidence-based health care requires physiotherapists to be able to perform the five steps of evidence-based practice previously studied. In this course students will further apply their EBP skills to provide peer review. This will enable students to further develop the necessary skills to perform evidence-based practice, while gaining a greater understanding of the peer review process and contributing to a valuable evidence-based resource.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSIOTH 4005
    Course Advanced EBP in Physiotherapy
    Coordinating Unit Physiotherapy
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PHYSIOTH 3005
    Restrictions Restricted to Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
    Course Description Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the use of best available evidence combined with patient preferences, available resources and therapist expertise in negotiating patient care. Evidence-based health care requires physiotherapists to be able to perform the five steps of evidence-based practice previously studied. In this course students will further apply their EBP skills to provide peer review. This will enable students to further develop the necessary skills to perform evidence-based practice, while gaining a greater understanding of the peer review process and contributing to a valuable evidence-based resource.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Viviane De Menezes Caceres

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Identify research topics that will enhance clinical knowledge and systematically locate evidence
    2 Critically appriase relevant research studies to determine the risk of bias and how this might influence the research findings
    3 Integrate and critically interpret research findings and justify answers to clinical research questions
    4 Communicate the process and findings of your review via a range of media
    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

    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

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    1, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All students should factor in the cost of their own electronic device. Required learning resources and readings will be provided on-line via MyUni. Students may need to access other online resources via the University library.
    Recommended Resources
    There will be a range of peer-reviewed articles – both as prescribed and recommended readings. Also, other generic materials such as, essay writing guides, study guides, referencing etc will be recommended resources.
    Online Learning
    MyUni (Canvas) will be used as the online platform to support the course via the following features:

    • Learning modules to deliver content
    • Online learning pathways to guide student navigation through the course
    • Announcements
    • Discussion Boards
    • Echo 360 lecture recordings
    • Other materials (e.g. bespoke video resources and links to other relevant web resources)
    • Formative and Summative quizzes
    • Student collaborations and conferences
    • ePortfolio
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    In this course students will experience a variety of learning modalities, including problem-based learning and workshops as well as group and individual learning sessions, to ensure aspects of evidence based practice are covered. Students will engage in learning activities based on developing a research question(s), developing selection criteria and revision of search strategies. Further learning activities will involve appraising the quality of different types of research. Students will learn how to extract and appropriately analyse data as well as learn how to synthesise the data. Finally students will learn how to write a discussion and critically appraise another piece of work.
    Workload

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

    Independent research 35 hours = 35 hours
    Workshops 5 x 2 hours = 10 hours
    Weekly reading/ study 5 x 5 hours = 25 hours
    Online modeuls 5 x 3 hours = 15 hours
    Workshop preparation 5 x 2 hours = 10 hours
    Assessment 40 hours = 40 hours
    Total = 135 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will work on a review of a chosen topic to produce a report and a blog post. 

    The review will involve: 
    - Justifying the topic
    - Stating a clear research question
    - Conducting a search of library databases
    - Selecting studies to include
    - Extracting data from the included studies
    - Appraising the included studies
    - Synthesising the findings
    - Providing recommendations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Nil
  • 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 Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Review Part 1 Summative

    Monday Week 3

    30% 1, 4
    Review Part 2 Summative Monday the week after the course ends 50% 1, 2, 3, 4

    Blog post

    Summative Monday the week after the course ends 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Nil
    Assessment Detail
    Review (Parts 1 and 2): Students will write a review of a topic of their choosing, where the topic is justified, an answerable research question posed, a systematic search, appraisal of risk of bias and extraction of data conducted and reported, with these findings integrated into the discussion, with recommendations for clinical practice and future research. The Review will be submitted in 2 parts, 1. The Background and methods, and 2. The whole review. Students will be asked to address the feedback from Part 1 for the final review.

    Blog post: Students will communicate their review findings in the form of a blog post for professional and lay audiences.
    Submission
    All assessments will be submitted via MyUni
    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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