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HPER71-110: Evidence Based Practice and Policy January 2022 [Mixed (Face-to-Face) - .]

General information

As society grapples with the increasing demand and spiralling costs of healthcare and unexplained variations in practice, the delivery of healthcare based on evidence has never been more important. The growing volume of this evidence presents significant challenges for health professionals. After exploring the preconceptions of evidence based practice, challenging and evaluating the theory behind it, participants in this subject will develop the skills needed to efficiently access and examine evidence that supports and affects healthcare practice. Participants will be able to develop searchable questions from practice and policy problems, understand the type of research studies that can address these questions, and recognise the strengths and limitations of the different research study designs. Skills in locating research evidence and critically evaluating the evidence will be developed and refined through supported hands-on practice. Participants will be able to interpret and effectively communicate the findings of research evidence to different audiences and make evidence-informed decisions to support clinical practice and healthcare delivery.  


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:HPER71-110
Subject title:Evidence Based Practice and Policy
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:

Mixed (Face-to-Face)

Workload items:
  • Workshop: x4 (Total hours: 24) - Intensive Workshops
  • Directed Online Activity: x10 (Total hours: 30) - Self-paced online modules
  • Tutorial: x3 (Total hours: 3) - Assessment discussion or consolidation of key learnings
  • Personal Study Hours: x10 (Total hours: 63) - Personal Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students will have access to 10 weeks of self-paced online modules, and are required to attend two x 2-day workshops.


Prescribed resources:
  • Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S., & Del Mar, C. (2017). Evidence-based practice across the health professions. 3rd ed., Elsevier Australia
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Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Students on US Financial Aid
  • Students on a Student Visa who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Formulate clear, searchable questions addressing a practice or health policy problem.
  2. Design and perform an efficient search to locate research addressing a focused question.
  3. Identify strengths and weaknesses in the design and methodology of research studies.
  4. Critically appraise a variety of research evidence and reflect on the quality of the evidence to inform practice.
  5. Accurately interpret summarise, and appropriately communicate the results of research studies to a target audience.
  6. Apply the principles of evidence based practice to make evidence informed recommendations for practice or health policy.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Presentation Case presentation: 10 minutes (plus formative discussion component) 30% Week 4 1, 2, 3.
Case Study Case report - (1500-1750 word count) 40% Week 12 3, 4, 5, 6.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Computer-aided exam (2 hours plus 15 mins perusal) 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one's own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

An overview of the benefits of EBP to individuals, patients and the broader public health.

Demonstrate the use of the Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome (PICO) method to formulate a question, and link that question to the appropriate study design.

Investigate sources of research evidence, and learn how to efficiently search in an electronic bibliographic database, using the PICO structure.

Critically appraise studies evaluating an intervention, with a particular focus on randomised controlled trials.

Critically appraise studies about diagnostic tests and understand the characteristics of a good diagnostic test, including test accuracy and precision.

Critically appraise studies that seek to find a cause or causal factor linked to a disease outcome, including studies about prognosis and risk factors.

Explore qualitative research as a methodology to collect and analyse words and ideas in order to understand the ‘meaning’ of personal experience.

Consider systematic reviews addressing different clinical questions (e.g. treatment, prognosis, prevalence) and critically appraise a systematic review using a rapid appraisal tool.

Explore how evidence could be applied in clinical practice, including the role of shared decision making and decision aids.

Explore the potential benefits, harms and limitations of practice guidelines, learn how to critically appraise a guideline.

Explore how the knowledge and skills gained in the subject could enable you to become an evidence-based practitioner.

Approved on: Nov 5, 2021. Edition: 6.4