CHIR13012 - Research Literacy for Health Professionals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit has been developed for you to begin your journey in the expansive field of research. This unit will introduce you to some fundamental principles of research practice and allow for a greater appreciation of research methodology, critical appraisal and basic statistical analysis. This unit will utilise the principle that ‘reading research’ should be the first goal of any research course. You will be given research articles to read in preparation for all weekly lectures and offered the opportunity to undertake formative assessment utilising the lecture material and the pre-lecture readings. You will also learn how to utilise various critical appraisal techniques to allow you to confidently use research findings to help you make evidence-based clinical decisions. By the end of this unit, you will be equipped to not only embark on more rigorous research related units and be prepared to undertake the foundations of an Honours or Masters level research project but also be able to understand how research can be used to make evidence-informed clinical decisions.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Completion of 96 credit points

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay

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. Portfolio 50%
2. Online Test 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
4. Online discussion forum 0%

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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.18% 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: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
The reflective portfolio was perceived as excessive with too many tasks to complete over the term.
Recommendation
It is recommended the UC will, in consultation with discipline staff, review the number of tasks associated with this assessment.
Action Taken
The portfolio task requirements were decreased.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students felt the requirements for the portfolio tasks were unclear and confusing.
Recommendation
It is recommended the UC will, in consultation with discipline staff, review the material used to explain the portfolio assessments including any marking rubric thereby addressing the issue of assessment requirement clarity.
Action Taken
Additional instructions were provided to ensure that the tasks were clear.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students felt that not having the tutorial recordings made it difficult to understand the material.
Recommendation
It is recommended the UC will release the recorded Zoom sessions in Microsoft Teams some weeks after the tutorials have been run so as to promote continued attendance while still offering the opportunity for their use as a resource for exam preparation.
Action Taken
Most tutorials were recorded and released some weeks after the live tutorial occurred.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students felt that having tutorials run through Zoom was preferrable to in person lectures.
Recommendation
It is recommended the UC will continue to engage with students using the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Action Taken
Tutorials continued to be offered through videoconferencing.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students found the research terminology confusing and felt that plain English explanations would have allowed them to better understand the content.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the new Unit Coordinator ensure that the language used in this unit is clear and understandable to the target audience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students felt that both the content and the assessments should be refreshed to ensure a positive learning experience
Recommendation
It is recommended that the new Unit Coordinator create new content and assessments for the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critique the advantages and disadvantages of various research designs used in primary and secondary research
  2. Evaluate research using standardised and non-standardised critical appraisal methods
  3. Analyse basic research data and provide appropriate summaries for further evaluation
  4. Compose a research question in order to develop a collaborative proposal to investigate a selected field of enquiry
  5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Online Test
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online discussion forum
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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Online Test
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online discussion forum