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PODI3118 Research and Evidence in Practice

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
In this unit, students gain an appreciation for the requirement of evidence based medicine and practice. This unit aims to prepare the graduate with the appropriate skills to systematically inform themselves and their patients of developing evidence based medicine using scientific methods. Students develop strong research, critiquing, referencing skills medical research design, evidence and association and statistical analyses and are able to discuss National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) levels of evidence and elements of the Helsinki agreement & NHMRC requirements related to animal welfare and human research ethics for research. Students identify requirements and write a research plan, and determine resources and funding sources for a given research project. Students develop their literature review skills by performing a critical analysis of the research papers and identify the strengths and weaknesses of research designs. Students gain expertise in using online information resources and managing references.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe medical research design, evidence in practice and statistical analyses, necessary to undertake research in a chosen field; (2) develop strong research, referencing and critiquing skills; (3) identify relevant research resources and funding sources for podiatric research; (4) demonstrate an understanding of key methodologies and statistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative research in podiatric medicine; (5) critically review literature and research methodology in a relevant proposed field of research; and (6) identify a research project, outlining the study background and rationale, research questions and study design.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) assignment(s); and (3) professional communication. Further information is available in the unit outline.



To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assignment(s) and professional communication components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Renee Silvester
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(1) a. 96 points credit including completion of all level 2 units in Major of Podiatric health and Medical Sciences Major (MJD-PHMSC); or
b. Enrolment in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870.
and
(2) students enrolling in this unit via the assured pathway MJD-PHMSC and/or the graduate entry DPM must comply with the requirements of the School's Infection Control, First Aid, Working with Children's check and Police Clearance check requirements prior to the commencement of Level 3 PODI units, as detailed in the DPM course rules.
Co-requisites:
PODI3000 Professionalism in Practice (ID 7835) PODI3116 Clinical Podiatric Practice 2 (ID 7822) PODI3117 Pharmacotherapeutics for Podiatrists 1 (ID 7823)
PODI3117 Pharmacotherapeutics for Podiatrists 1 (ID 7823)
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week
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