ALLH12006 - Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) and develop your key skills for conducting EBP within clinical settings as an Allied Health Professional. You will be introduced to models of EBP that can be used to guide clinical decision making at an individual patient level and also at a service delivery level, and be required to identify the impacts of EBP on current practice across a variety of fields. During this unit you will gain experience in developing clinically answerable questions, performing information searches, undertaking critical appraisal and synthesising information.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 57.58% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.49% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student 'SUTE feedback'
The weekly tutorials were fantastic in translating and applying the theory to a real world setting.
It is recommended that the weekly tutorials continue to take the theoretical content of the unit and apply it to a real world setting, to enhance student understanding.
Action Taken
The weekly tutorials continued to be delivered in a manner in which the theoretical content of the unit was applied to a variety of real-world scenarios to support and enhance student learning.
Source: Student 'SUTE feedback'
The relevance of this unit to a health professional is somewhat unclear.
It is recommended that the relevance of this unit be more closely linked to each of the health disciplines, on a more frequent basis to help students understand the importance of evidence-based practice.
Action Taken
Each week the unit coordinator explicitly stated the relevance of the content to the health disciplines to enable students to better understand the importance of evidence-based practice.
Source: Unsolicited Student Feedback - Discussion Forum
It would be helpful to have a video that outlines and explains the assessment tasks to accommodate auditory learners, in addition to the written instructions.
It is recommended that in addition to written instructions, the Unit Coordinator create a short instructional video for assessment tasks that outlines and explains the assessment requirements to support the auditory learners in the student cohort.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
This unit builds upon previous first year units and has helped students to become more effective and efficient at critically reviewing different types of evidence.
It is recommended that this unit continue to expand on content taught in Year 1 and the content in this unit continues to focus on developing students' knowledge and understanding of critical appraisal and its important role in ensuring evidence-informed practice as a health professional.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Formulate a clinical research question using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format
  2. Plan, carry out and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions
  3. Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions using established critical appraisal tools
  4. Present a synthesised evaluation of a clinical topic using information acquired from multiple sources
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental evidence-based practice concepts.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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