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CHIR8201 – Postgraduate Advanced Research I

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Simon French
Lecturer
Ben Brown
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(CHIR8503 or CHIR918) and (CHIR8504 or CHIR919)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit, together with CHIR8202, develops a student's ability to critique, evaluate and synthesise biomedical research. These skills are crucial for life-long learning and are essential in evidence-informed clinical practice. In this unit, students will work in groups to develop and execute a medium term, capstone research project to answer a specific research question/s.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Critically appraise research literature on a specific clinically relevant topic and identify areas requiring further research
  • ULO2: Apply knowledge in research methods to analyse, interpret and assess research findings
  • ULO3: Effectively communicate the design of a research protocol to your peers and experienced academics using verbal and written methods
  • ULO4: Demonstrate knowledge of research methods by designing a research protocol to answer a specific research question in a clinically relevant area

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Students will choose one of two assessment options:

Option 1) There will be a limited number of research projects available. These projects will be nominated by academics in the Department of Chiropractic. These projects will involve four students working together on the project for this unit and for CHIR8202 in S2. In CHIR8201 students will develop the research protocol, and in CHIR8202 students will carry out the research.

Option 2) Students will select one of their patients in the student clinic and write a detailed case report to inform their management. This case report will include a comprehensive evaluation of the literature related to the patient’s clinical condition.

 

In-class exam #1

Multiple choice questions that evaluate student learning of lecture and tutorial material. The assessment will be held in the scheduled lecture time.

 

In-class exam #2

Multiple choice questions that evaluate student learning of lecture and tutorial material. The assessment will be held in the scheduled lecture time.

 

Research Plan Presentation

Option 1) In class, oral research presentation about the research protocol and some initial results (where available). Each student will present the research protocol for their research project: 10 minute presentation, 5 minute question time.

Option 2) In class, oral research presentation about the literature that informs the care of the student’s patient: 10 minute presentation, 5 minute question time.

 

Research Plan Written Report

Option 1) The student research protocol will be written up in the format of a journal article (approximately 2000 words), ready for submission for publication in a peer reviewed journal. One research protocol report will be submitted per group, with contributions from each student.

Option 2) The student’s case report will be written up in the format of a journal article (approximately 2000 words), ready for submission for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

Delivery and Resources

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Delivery mode

Students should approach the content of this unit through self-directed learning. Some students in this unit will be assigned to a research project group. Each research project is linked to an academic advisor who will provide mentorship and guidance on completing the research protocol and project over the entire year, continuing into CHIR8202. Learning in this aspect of the unit occurs via student/supervisor engagement. Other students working on a case report will need to select a patient from the student clinic to write up into an evidence-based case report.

Lectures will provide a high-level overview of research skills taught throughout the chiropractic programs, in addition to more advanced topics that aim to help you develop your research protocol or case report. These lectures will review the main clinical research methods relevant to chiropractic practice, providing relevant material for the unit’s substantial research project or case report.

Students will be allocated to a 2-hour tutorial group. In these tutorials students will work on activities related to the topic covered in that week’s lecture, meet with their supervisor, or participate in presentations of the research groups’ protocol or case report as both a presenter and audience participant. Tutorial attendance and participation is required

Attendance and participation requirements

You must attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled, and you are required to attend and participate in 80% of tutorials. If you miss your assigned workshop in any week, you may request attendance at an alternative session, through email request and appropriate documentation to the unit convenor. 

Further details on class time and locations for this unit can be found at:

https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2020/

If you are part of a research project group, you are also required to meet with your project supervisor (face to face, or via Skype/Zoom) a minimum of four times during the Session. The research plan report must include the meeting schedule and minutes of these meetings as an Appendix. Some tutorial time will be made available for you to meet with your supervisor, but other meeting times will be necessary.

 

Unit Web Page

You can log in to iLearn learning system using the link below:

http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

 

Recommended text book

Portney LG, Watkins MP (2013). Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd Edition, Pearson Education Limited

https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/mqu/detail.action?docID=5175590

 

Other relevant text books

Herbert R, Jamtvedt G, Hagen KB, Mead J (2012). Practical evidence-based physiotherapy. 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingston 

Adams J, et al (2007). Researching Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge

Unit Schedule

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Date Topic Lecturer
L1: 27/2/20

Unit introduction; options for major project; students and supervisor expectations.

Why Do Research? What is Research? 
Simon French
T1: 27/2/20 No tutorials. Choose your project (available Friday 28th February @ 11.00am)  
L2: 5/3/20 Framing the problem and formulating research questions Simon French
T2: 5/3/20 Research question formulation  
L3: 12/3/20 Clinical practice guidelines Simon French
T3: 12/3/20 Appraising guidelines  
L4: 19/3/20 Library services and resources for chiropractic students Fiona Jones, Abigail Baker, and Jo Hardy
T4: 19/3/20 Database searching tutorial  
L5: 26/3/20 Systematic and scoping reviews  Simon French
T5: 26/3/20 Critical appraisal of a systematic review  
L6: 2/4/20 Research Designs: Quantitative and Qualitative Simon French
T6: 2/4/20 Quantitative research design activity  
L7: 9/4/20 In class exam #1  N/A
  No tutorials: Meet with supervisor/work on case study   
  Break: 16/4/20  
  Break: 23/4/20  
L8: 30/4/20 Ethics and research integrity  Kandy White, Director of MQ Research Ethics and Integrity
T8: 30/4/20 Meet with supervisor/work on case study  
L9: 7/5/20 Sampling, data collection and analysis; writing a case study Simon French
T9: 7/5/20 Ethics and research integrity activity; Sampling, data collection and analysis activity  
L10: 14/5/20 Cochrane Risk of Bias & GRADE Ben Brown
T10: 14/5/20 Cochrane Risk of Bias & GRADE activity   
L11: 21/5/20 Writing a journal article and making an excellent presentation Simon French
T11: 21/5/20 No tutorial: Meet with supervisor/work on case study  
L12: 28/5/20 Knowledge translation and course summary Simon French
T12: 28/5/20 Student presentations  
L13: 4/6/20 In class exam #2 N/A
T13: 4/6/20 Student presentations  

 

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