Course Title: Apply literature research findings to clinical practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Sudipta Mojumder

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 informatin 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 of information to clinical treatment strategy within a complementary and alternative health framework.

3.3 Prioritise relevant information.

3.4 Correlate informaton findings with individual  clinical case presentation.


4.    Apply information to treatment strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply information to individualised treatment 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:Review: Definitions; Critical evaluation; Research Process and Planning 
Week 2 
Discussion: Review questions; Requirements for assessment tasks 
Week 3
"Literature search and Evaluation of resarch" Assessment task begins 
Library visit; work in groups:  (Search literature ;  Literature review; • Review Referencing and Plagiarism )
Week 4 
Worksheet and Case study: Class activity - a part of ’assessment’ (Attendance is Compulsory) 
Week 5
Literature search and Evaluation of resarch"  Finalise group tasks
Week 6 & 7
Group task
Week 8:  
Class presentation 
Week 9 
Research planning 
Week 10
Group research project begins
Week 11
Group work: Prepare draft proposal
Week 12
Submission of research plan; Discussion on tasks
Week 13 & 14 
Summarise ‘literature review’ and ‘data collection methods’
Week 15
Submission of a hard copy of week 13 & 14 work 
Week 16
Group work: Analysis of the collected data 
Week 17 
Hand in collected data 
Semester 2
Week 1:  Discussion on the "report"

Week 2: Class presentation

Week 3: Hand in the research report

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this subject but the recommended book list is attached for further reading.


Polgar, S., & Thomas, S.A. (2008).  Introduction to research in the Health Sciences. Churchill Livingstone

Peat, J., Mellis, C., Williams, K., & Xuan, W. (2001).  Health Science Research. Allen & Unwin, Australia

Other Resources

  • Field, Tiffany, (2006) .Massage Therapy Research.Churchill Livingstone
  •  Baumgartner, T.A., & Hensley, L.D. (2006). Conducting and reading research in health and human performance. McGraw Hill
  •  Hymel, G.M. (2006).  Research Methods for Massage and Holistic Therapies. Mosby
  • 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

Assessment Tasks
Semester 1:Assessment will be based on one class activity and one class presentation of research literature 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)
 3) Please refer to RMIT assessment guidelines for any other information

Assessment Matrix

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