|Duration||1 semester (14 teaching weeks)|
|Level||Year 2, Semester 3|
|Unit Weighting||Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
|Student Workload||Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
|Prerequisites/ Corequisites||PRI104: Communication in Health|
|Description||This unit of study focuses on developing basic research knowledge and skills such as the critical review of literature, data collection, developing research questions, and the ability to analyse and evaluate the scientific process. The unit will nurture the development of scientific thinking in Chinese medicine, and encourage critical thinking to ensure the ongoing acquisition of knowledge and the critique of its application in practice.
This unit will include defining research, the scope of research, data collation, understanding statistics, research methodologies, and the evaluation and critique of research publications. Basic skills, such as performing and writing a literature review will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on research methodologies relevant to Chinese medicine.
|Learning outcomes||Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
|Unit requirement||To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks.|
|Assessment||Assessment 1: Quiz (30%)
Assessment 2: Literature Review (40%)
Assessment 3: Presentation (30%)
|Prescribed text||* The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.
Polgar, S., & Thomas, S. A. (2013). Introduction to research in the health sciences (6th ed.). Edinburgh; New York: Elsevier.
|Recommended readings||Berglund, C.A. (2012) Ethics for Health Care. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
CONSORT and STRICTA statements
Creswell, J.W. (2013). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (4th ed.). California: SAGE Publications.
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) 2014.CASP Checklists (URL used) Oxford. CASP
Domholdt, E. (2000) Physical Therapy Research.
Hoffman, T., Bennett, S., & Del Mar, C. (2013). Evidence based practice across the health professions. Sydney: Churchill Livingston
MacPherson H. (eds.) (2008) Acupuncture research: Strategies for establishing an evidence base. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Philadelphia:WB Saunders.Gravetter, F. J. &Wallnau, L. B. (2011). Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (9th ed.). Cengage Australia.
Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) Checklist
Portney, L.G., & Watkins, M.P. (2009). Foundations of clinical research: Applications to practice (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Nagy, S., Mills, J., Waters, D., & Birks, M. (2010). Using research in healthcare practice. Philadelphia, Pa. Sydney: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Neuman, L.W. (2010) Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Pearson Education.
Riegelman, R. K. (2012). Studying a study and testing a test: How to read the medical evidence (5th ed.). Philadelphia, Pa.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Walliman, N. (2010). Research Methods: The Basics, Taylor & Francis.