4 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line exercises weekly
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge and understanding of the use of literature and familiarity with the use of Ovid Medline, CHINAL, Pubmed, OR Embase. Student must be able to operate at post-graduate level in terms of sourcing, analysing, critiquing, writing and referencing.
Course context
Available to postgrduate students only
Assignments; Online or Face to Face Tutorial Participaiton; Self Reflection
Topic description
This topic focuses on the knowledge and use of professional literature. Students will be introduced to concepts that underlie evidence and as a result 'evidence- based practice' will be demystified.
Educational aims
This topic aims to

  • Introduce principles and considerations of evidence-based practice in palliative care and applied gerontology

  • Understand the role of literature in evidence-based practice

  • Develop skills and increase confidence in dealing with evidence

  • De-mystify the notion and understand the potential of evidence-based practice

Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic students will have:

  • presented different arguments and concepts of the nature of evidence

  • outlined a search approach to retrieve literature and relevant evidence in a topic of interest

  • recognised the role of evidence-based practice in relation to change (knowledge translation and implementation) for the individual practitioner, his/her team, service or organisational system

  • demonstrated skills in critical appraisal and understand the process of appraising in terms of relevance, applicability, strength of evidence in relation to the question (the impetus for the search)

  • determined why evidence-based practice makes a difference in students' clinical setting

  • compiled a suite of resources in evidence-based practice to enable life-long learning