Evidence-Based Physiotherapy Practice 2

Subject 513-413 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Year Long, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours of lectures, tutorials and computer-based modules
Total Time Commitment: Students will need to allow time for self-directed learning. The following hours are given as minimum requirements: 1 hour pre/post reading for lectures, 2 hours per hour of tutorial sessions and 2 hours extra per week for practical classes. Fourth year students will need to spend approximately 2 hours per day in study and at least 2 extra hours per week practising clinical skills.
Prerequisites: This subject is not available as a single subject. Students must be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to undertake this subject.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Peter Bragge
Subject Overview:

This subject builds on and integrates the content of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy Practice 1 to develop a sound basis for evidence-based physiotherapy practice. The course covers the interpretation of basic statistics, which are frequently used in physiotherapy evidence, and advanced concepts regarding systematic reviews.

  • Development of skills in understanding and interpreting basic statistics
  • Consolidation of skills in completing a systematic review, based upon the systematic review protocol developed in Year 3 (513-306)
  • A knowledge of the role of annotated bibliographies and how to write them

Basic statistics multiple choice questionnaire of one hour, conducted in June (30%)

Systematic literature review group assignment of 1,500 words plus tables, due June (45%)

Annotated bibliography of 800 words, due September (25%)

Prescribed Texts:
  • Practice Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (Herbert R, Jamtvedt G, Mead J & Hagen KB), Butterworth Heinemann, London, 2006
  • Recommended Texts:
    • Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice (Portney LG & Watkins MP), 3rd edn, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2008
    • Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation (Berg KE & Latin RW), 2nd edn, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2004
    Breadth Options:

    This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

    Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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