POPLHLTH 709 : Evidence for Best Practice
Medical and Health Sciences
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
POPLHLTH 709 is a 15 point Masters level online course aimed at improving the use of epidemiological data to guide clinical and healthcare decision-making and applying it in the context of the learner's own practice. It also gives an overview of qualitative evidence and the value this can add. The course will help you understand the key principles of evidence-based practice and provide you with some useful tools to help you adopt an evidence-based practice approach. This postgraduate online course is primarily aimed at professionals working in the health care sector or researchers who wish to be more systematic in the way epidemiological evidence can be used to inform individual health care decisions and health care policy. An overall goal is assessing the relevance of scientific evidence in the context of your own practice, and using this knowledge in shared decision-making. Key components of the course include understanding how to access valid and clinically relevant studies, how to appraise scientific evidence from a variety of methodological designs (e.g. studies of therapeutic or preventive interventions, observational studies, studies of diagnostic tests, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, qualitative research) and how to integrate this evidence with your knowledge of the clinical context and your own professional expertise. The course also covers how new evidence-based interventions can be implemented into practice, and the factors required for shared decision making. It is delivered online and asynchronously so that you can work at your own pace and in your own time.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Identify information needs for health care decisions and construct answerable questions to find the relevant literature. (Capability 1.1 and 1.3)
- Identify the best epidemiological study designs to answer health care questions (Capability 1.3 and 3.1)
- Critically appraise different types of epidemiological studies (Capability 1.3, 2.1 and 3.1)
- Apply scientific and contextual evidence, and professional judgement for best practice (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.2 and 3.1)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the factors required for shared-decision making (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 4.1 and 5.2)
- Describe how an evidence-based intervention might be implemented into regular practice (Capability 1.3, 2.1, 3.1 and 6.2)
|Ask and Access Assignment||10%||Individual Coursework|
|Study Appraisal Assignment||25%||Individual Coursework|
|Mid Term Test||30%||Individual Test|
|Final Test||35%||Individual Test|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Ask and Access Assignment|
|Study Appraisal Assignment|
|Mid Term Test|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 12 hours of lectures, two one-hour tutorials, 36 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 70 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.
Online & Online
Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events including tutorials and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required for the examination.
Study material will be available from the start of the semester to enable students to work at their own pace.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.
- Some students commented on the lack of interaction with other members of the class. This is always a potential issue for an online course but for many, the asynchronous nature of the course is what works for them as busy clinicians. We run our tutorials in the evenings but only between 10% to 20% of students are able to attend these. For 2023, we will look at stimulating discussion on the discussion forum more pro-actively rather than having this mainly as a mechanism for students to engage with each other.
- More students than usual this year reported that they were unable to complete the examination in the allotted time. Because the tests are effectively open-book they are time-limited. We have reassessed the examination requirements and for 2023 we have shortened the number of short answer questions to be completed.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.