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PMC3101 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Evidence Based Practice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069905 - Paramedical Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Dennis Walker


Health professionals operate in an evidence-based healthcare system whereby healthcare is delivered to individuals according to the best available research evidence. This course addresses the need for health care professionals to understand research processes and the importance of evidence based practice in order to provide the highest level of safe and effective care and assistance. Health care professionals must also be able to critique evidence in order to provide evidence-based care.


Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals enables extend their knowledge of research and research processes. This course provides students with an opportunity to examine data collection and data analyses, and appreciate the applicability of research to healthcare professionals. Finally, this course enables student to evaluate and compare research findings to identify best practice/s.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Examine the importance and need to provide evidence-based practice.
  2. Analyse the levels of evidence available to health care professionals
  3. Outline the most appropriate research methods and methodologies when undertaking health care research
  4. Recognise the role and importance of research ethics
  5. Compare and contrast Qualitative, Quantitative and mixed methods research
  6. Examine the need for research rigor regarding data collection and data analysis
  7. Evaluate strategies and mechanisms to report and disseminate research findings


Description Weighting(%)
1. Evidence-based practice
Levels of evidence
2. Searching the literature for the best evidence 10.00
3. Critiquing reseach 5.00
4. Research methodologies
Qualitative research
Quantitative research
5. Research methods
Participant selection / sampling
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Interpreting findings
6. Research Ethics
Ethical Clearance
The role of HREC/ethics boards
7. Publishing results 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Liampatong, P 2016, Research methods in health: Foundations for evidence-based practice, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, UK.
(This e-book is available through the Library Catalogue.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Griffiths, P. & Mooney, G. (2011) The paramedics guide to research: An introduction. Open University press: Milton Keynes, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 40.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 54.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Oral presentation 20 20 04 Apr 2019 (see note 1)
Written Assignment 40 40 29 Apr 2019
Literature Review 40 40 14 May 2019

  1. Oral presentation dates will be advised throughout the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no examination in this course and there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing style. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Paramedicine
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.