University of Technology Sydney

96086 Research Design in Physiotherapy

6cp; 4hpw (1 x 2hr masterclass, 1 x 2hr workshop)
Requisite(s): 96084 Sub-acute Rehabilitation AND 96085 Outpatient Rehabilitation AND 96088 Acute Physiotherapy Care
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This subject introduces the skills necessary to consume knowledge from published research and conduct a research project. Students learn how to effectively search and appraise research findings that inform their clinical practice. They gain an understanding of the research process with a focus on clinical research, by exploration of the scientific method including research design and methodology, ethical practice, and statistical analysis. The course covers key research methodologies important for evidence-based practice. Students are allocated a group, a research question, and a supervisor. Students identify relevant background information for the project by performing a review of the scientific literature, present a research proposal pertaining to the research question. Some student projects may require students to undertake specialised training (e.g. in laboratory techniques), outside of timetabled hours for the subject.

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