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This unit introduces you to an evidence-based approach to health practice. You will explore key research methodologies and designs, frame relevant structured questions, search databases and critically appraise different types of evidence to consider how that evidence might inform responses in day-to-day health practice settings. In this unit, you will study:

  • Introduction to evidence-based practice, research designs and methods
  • Finding different types of evidence to answer research questions
  • Quantitative research methodology and design
  • Qualitative research methodology and design
  • The process of appraising primary evidence
  • Systematic reviews and their appraisal

Learning outcomes

  • Design relevant structured questions and identify the best evidence for answering those questions
  • Identify the most appropriate data sources for evidence related to relevant structured questions
  • Demonstrate understanding of the main health research philosophical perspectives and methodologies including their assumptions and practical applications
  • Distinguish between different evidence types and research designs
  • Critically appraise primary and secondary evidence to answer relevant structured questions.


You will be assessed on the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion Board: 10%
  • Report - 30%
  • Critical Appraisal - 60%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Healthcare Leadership, Master of Mental Health and Master of Mental Health (Nursing).   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.