Describe development of different types of knowledge that underpin and inform health care;

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCE

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Brisbane Campus

SEMESTER 1, 2013

HLSC122: Inquiry in Health Care

UNIT OUTLINE

Credit points:
10

Prerequisites
/ co-requisites / incompatibles: Nil

Lecturer in Charge: Dr Leigh Davis

Office location: EB.07

Email: Leigh.Davis@acu.edu.au

Telephone:
3623 7616

Contact
me: Email me to make an appointment or phone

Description:

This
inter-professional unit provides foundational knowledge and skills for ways of
reflecting on and making meaning out of a range of complex information in the
health care environment. Approaches to knowledge development in the health
disciplines, including the generation of new knowledge, are explored. The
contribution of research knowledge to the provision of evidence based health
care will be evaluated. This unit will also introduce the students to critical
thinking skills that provide the basis for clinical reasoning.

Teaching team:

Roger Lord

EB.09

Roger.Lord@acu.edu.au

Brother Benildus

EB.08

Brother.Benildus@acu.edu.au

Winnie Wu

EB.25

Winnie.Wu@acu.edu.au

Dianne Collins

TBA

Helen Funk

TBA

Karlyn Treston

TBA

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Mode/attendance pattern: This is an on-campus unit comprised
of one two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

Duration: This unit is taught over a 12
week-semester or equivalent in intensive block mode.

You should anticipate undertaking 150
hours of study for this unit, including class attendance, readings and
assignment preparation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Inquiry in Health Care course is a
professional program that requires development of particular attributes for
accreditation purposes. These are also included in the Learning Outcomes.

On successful completion of this unit,
you will be able to:

1. Describe development of different
types of knowledge that underpin and inform health care;

2. Explain the different types of
knowledge used to make evidence based decisions in health care and their
application;

3. Reflect on and analyse health related
situations and contexts; (ACU Graduate Attribute 4)

4. Develop inquiring questions related to
health related situations and contexts;

5.
Select
appropriate types of knowledge required to analyse and problem solve various
health care situations and contexts;

6.
Locate
and evaluate information from a range of sources to inform health practice;
(ACU Graduate Attribute 8)

7. Develop effective strategies to
identify and respond to your professional learning needs;

8. Work effectively with others to
analyse and problem-solve health related situations; (ACU Graduate
Attribute:6,7)

9. Articulate a logical argument to
justify the knowledge base for clinical reasoning;

10. Demonstrate respect for the values and
beliefs of health consumers and colleagues in applying knowledge to evidence
based health practice.

GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

Each unit in your course contributes
in some way to the development of the ACU Graduate Attributes which you should
demonstrate by the time you complete your course. You can view the ACU Graduate
Attributes for all courses at http://www.acu.edu.au/204356. All
Australian universities have their expected Graduate Attributes – ACU’s
Graduate Attributes have a greater emphasis on ethical behaviour and

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community
responsibility than those of many other universities. All of your units will
enable you to develop some attributes.

On successful completion of this unit,
you should have developed your ability to:

GA4 think
critically and reflectively

GA6 solve
problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives
into

account

GA7 work
both autonomously and collaboratively

GA8 locate,
organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information

CONTENT:

Topics will include:

Evidenced based health care

• Need for information and evidence

• Notion of best available evidence

• Best practice guidelines

• Continuous quality improvement

• Ethical application of evidence

Types of knowledge, their development
and application

• Emancipatory

• Ethical

• Personal

• Aesthetic

• Empiric

Sources
of knowledge and their application

• Formal

• Informal

Methods
of inquiry in health and their application

• Types of health research

• Critical evaluation of data including
basic statistics and rigour in quantitative data

• Application of inquiry in evidence
based health care including public health, health protocols, best practice.

Clinical
reasoning

Reflecting,
analysing and problem-solving

• Critical thinking

• Clinical judgement (technical and
situation based judgement)

• Quality care management

Content Extended

Reflective practice

• Critical reflection

• Self review of learning needs


Maintaining
a professional portfolio of evidence of competency Teamwork

• Group dynamics

• Communication within groups

• Leadership

• Decision making

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Valuing
diversity

QUALITY ASSURANCE AND STUDENT FEEDBACK

This unit has been evaluated through
the ‘Student Evaluation of Unit’ (SEU) online surveys. Student feedback and
changes to the unit will be provided during lecture one at each campus.

SEU surveys are usually conducted at the end of the
teaching period. Your practical and constructive feedback is valuable to
improve the quality of the unit. Please ensure you complete the SEU survey for
the unit. You can also provide feedback at other times to the unit lecturers,
course coordinators and/or through student representatives.

Study schedule

For the most up-to-date information,
please check your LEO unit and also note advice from your lecturing and
tutoring staff for changes to this schedule.

SCHEDULE:

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