Course Title: Apply literature research findings to clinical practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: OHTH5506C

Course Title: Apply literature research findings to clinical practice

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6094 - Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)

Course Contact: Jeremy Sager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4294

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Sudipta Mojumder

Contact phone no. 9925 4326

E-mail address:

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to source and evaluate relevant information and apply findings to clinical practice.  Learners require high level knowledge of the specialised modality and its effect on a wide range of complex health conditions.  Learners are required to work independently and in groups to analyse research strategies and work on a research project.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTNUT601B Apply literature research findings to clinical practice


1.    Manage information needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess currency of information

1.2 Define clinical information needs

1.3 Record information findings


2.    Access information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify contemporary primary and secondary sources of information

2.2 Identify established sources of information

2.3 Collect and collate information


3.    Evaluate information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Compare and contrast primary and secondary sources of information

3.2 Establish relevance to clinical treatment strategy within a complementary and alternative health framework

3.3 Prioritise relevant information

3.4 Correlate information findings with individual clinical case presentation


4.    Apply information to treatment strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply information to individualised treatmetn strategy

4.2 Integrate information findings with existing treatment strategy

4.3 Implement relevant findings into clinical practice

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:

- Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of basic concepts of ’research process’ and ’research planning’.

- Library visits and literature review: to access up-to-date information on relevant medical, allied health and complementary medicine research.

- Personal reading: to learn how to critically evaluate and interpret the information and to reinforce your understanding of research principles and applications, a range of research issues and their uses.

- Group work and peer facilitation: to enhance a further understanding of reserch processes and planning and  apply informaton to treatment strategy.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1
Week 1 &2
Review: Definitions; Research Process; Research Report
Week 3
Research Planning (Data collection Methods and Report writing guide); Discussion on topic selection and assessment tasks
(Attendance is compulsory)
Week 4
Pre reading and completion of questions required before coming to the class
Discussion: Review questions
Week 5
Online quiz (Assessment)
Week 6 to 8
Library visit : (Assessment Task)
• Search literature
• Literature review
• Review Referencing and Plagiarism
Week 9
Presentation of the report (Assessment)
Week 10
Group Project begins: Group allocation
“Developing research strategies”
Discussion on ‘topic’ selection and task assignment
Week 11 & 12
Library search and preparation of the ‘draft proposal’
Week 13
Submission of the research plan (Attendance is compulsory)
Week 14
Review ‘Report writing’
Summarise the literature review for the project
Plan data collection methods
Week 15
Discussion and presentation of ‘literature review’ and ‘data collection methods’
(Attendance is compulsory)
Semester 2
Week 2 to 9
Data Collection, Analysis and Evaluation of data
Week 10
Report on the data collection/results
(Attendance is compulsory)
Week 11 to 13
Report writing
Week 14
Class Presentation (Assessment)
Hand in group project assignment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

• Polgar, S. and Thomas, S. A., Introduction to Research in the Health
Sciences, (5th edition, 2008), Churchill Livingstone (Highly
recommended); 3rd and 4th editions are also available.


• Field, Tiffany, Massage Therapy Research, (1st edition, 2006) , Churchill Livingstone

• Baumgartner, T.A., and Hensley, L.D., Conducting and reading research in health and human performance, ( 4th edition, 2006 ) , McGraw Hill

• Hymel, G.M., Research Methods for Massage and Holistic Therapies,
( 1st edition, 2006), Mosby

Other Resources

Online material: Distributed Learning System DLS) website: Reserch Methods 2, RMIT University.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma Remedial Massage (Myotherapy).
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1: Assessment will be based on one online test and one class presentation of research review.
Semester 2: Assessment will be based on a major research project.

Each assessment task specifically relates to demonstration of understanding, knowledge, skills and/or attitudes relevant to the elements of the competency listed above.

1) Failure to sit for assessment requires a medical doctor’s certificate to be shown to the teacher and then to the Program Coordinator. Any missed assessment is deemed not yet competent.
2) Dates of assessments are listed in the ‘learning schedule’.
Please Note:
You will need to demonstrate competency in all of these assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this subject.
- Competent (CA)
- Not yet Competent (NYC)

Assessment Matrix

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