Evidence-Based Physiotherapy Practice 1

Subject PHTY30005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

February, Parkville - 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 throughout the semester
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. Third year students will need to spend approximately 2 hours per day in independent study.

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: Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Andy Chien


Dr Andy Wenyen Chien
Subject Overview:

This subject introduces the discipline of evidence-based physiotherapy practice. The course content covers quantitative research methodology, research design, evaluation of evidence for physiotherapy practice and introduces the use of clinical guidelines.

  • Understanding of the framewprk and practice of evidence-based practice
  • Ability to identify different quantitative research methodologies
  • Skills in searching for and elavuating research evidence
  • Completion of a systematic review protocol, which will be used to undertake a systematic review in EBPP 2 (513-413) in Year 4
  • Critical appraisal written examination of one hour (60%), conducted in week 13.
  • Systematic review protocol group assignment 2000 words (40%) due in week 18.
Prescribed Texts:
  • Practice Evidence-Based Physiotherapy. (R Herbert, G Jamtvedt, J Mead and K Birger Hagen), London, Butterworth Heinemann, 2006
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

By the completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • An appreciation of the importance of, and development of good written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills in searching for and evaluating research evidence
  • The ability to begin to apply new research data to problem-solve in clinical cases
  • An appreciation of the importance of, and skills in developing, a team approach in working with colleagues

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