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NS5333 - Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

In today's data age, healthcare professionals have access to vast amounts of information and misinformation. In this subject, students learn how to find, appraise and utilise reliable and credible sources of health related information. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in literature searching and appraisal. Students will undertake a systematic search and critical appraisal of research in the production of a narrative literature review related to their area of healthcare interest.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create and execute a literature searching plan relevant to an area of specialisation and interest through the identification of appropriate keywords, databases, and delimiters;
  • Critically appraise selected literature using a systematic tool relevant to an area of specialisation and interest;
  • Produce a well-structured, concise but comprehensive review of appraised literature.

Subject Assessment

  • Literature search plan - (40%)
  • Literature review - (60%).


JCU Online, Study Period 83, External
Census Date 14-May-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Narelle Biedermann, Dr Tracey Ahern, Dr Helena Harrison, Dr Clare Fenwick.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - Online accelerated program, 10 hours/week for 6 weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.