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 2 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.98% 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 'Have your Say' survey
The support you receive in this unit is really helpful and beneficial to student learning.
It is recommended that this support structure in this unit continue as students find it helpful and beneficial to their learning.
Action Taken
Students continued to receive this support throughout the term.
Source: Student email
The assessment tasks enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding across a variety of platforms, including written and spoken.
It is recommended that the assessment tasks continue to offer variety to students so that they can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding across written and spoken platforms.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks continued to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding across written and spoken platforms
Source: CB66 Course Reference Committee
The scaffolding in this unit is fantastic. There has obviously been a lot of thought go into this.
It is recommended that this unit continue to scaffold content. Specifically, it is recommended that the lecturer provide the theory and that the tutorials then apply this theory to practice. The weekly activities then allow students to engage in summative tasks to check their knowledge and understand, with immediate feedback provided.
Action Taken
The content in this unit continued to be scaffolded, where theory was applied to practice and 'real world' scenarios during tutorials. Students also continued to be provided with weekly summative tasks allowing students to check their knowledge and understanding. Immediate feedback continued to be a key element of these summative tasks.
Source: 'Have your Say' Student Satisfaction Survey
The interactive activities between the lectures were of great benefit as they helped to solidify knowledge and understanding of a concept prior to moving onto the next concept.
It is recommended that the eFIL activities continue to be provided for students as a means of supporting their learning.
Action Taken
Source: 'Have your Say' Student Satisfaction Survey
The assessment tasks were interesting and relevant as they directly relate to skills that are required in the 'real world' as health professionals.
It is recommended that the assessment tasks remain the same as they directly related to 'real world' skills that students will require as health professionals.
Action Taken
Source: ALLH12006 Moodle Discussion Forum
Since technical issues can be introduced into eFIL activities with Moodle updates, it is recommended that these activities undergo continual testing to ensure they are working prior to the start of term.
These errors/bugs occurred after scheduled Moodle updates. As such, It is recommended that the eFIL activities undergo continual testing to ensure they are working without any issues/bugs prior to students accessing them.
Action Taken
Source: 'My Experience'
This unit was delivered in a fun and engaging manner, despite the heavy theoretical focus.
It is recommended that content continue to be delivered in a fun and engaging manner to encourage student engagement and learning.
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
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1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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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