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HPER71-115: Systematic Review


Systematic reviews are the highest level of evidence. As the name suggests, potential evidence that addresses the research question is searched for systematically and then data are extracted and analysed in pre-planned and pre-prescribed ways. In this elective subject you will develop an appreciation for different types of reviews and learn practical skills to develop a systematic review protocol. You will learn how to systematically search the literature, identify appropriate quality assessment tools, analyse and intrepret data and develop your own systematic review protocol. We will provide you with a detailed understanding of interpreting and conducting systematic reviews. The subject includes a two-day intensive workshop focusing on searching, collating, screening and synthesising information. You will prepare a protocol for a systematic review on a subject of your choice.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,250
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and justify different types of reviews.
2. Critically appraise a systematic review.
3. Identify and apply appropriate quality assessment tools.
4. Apply and interpret common statistics used in quantitative systematic reviews.
5. Write a systematic review protocol for a specific research question.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

HPER71-110 Evidence Based Practice and Policy or equivalent

Restrictions: ?


Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021