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Evidence-Based Research in Health Sciences CXA328


This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in areas relevant to research in exercise and sports or nutrition sciences. Students will have the opportunity to select a topic of interest from a pre-defined list within their general field of study for detailed investigation. The detailed investigation and presentation of the findings will be performed as part of a small group, where each student submits their own Project Justification and Literature Review, but the Final Project Report and Oral Presentation are assessed as a group. The final report will take the format of a research manuscript and will follow the author guidelines for an appropriate journal. The exact nature of the final report will depend on the group topic and will be finalised in writing with the Unit Coordinator.


Unit name Evidence-Based Research in Health Sciences
Unit code CXA328
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Nathan Pitchford
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of health science and research methods to develop and pursue a research question
  • Access and organise relevant research literature in the field of health sciences
  • Analyse and interpret health science related data.
  • Communicate research findings and recommendations in both written and verbal mediums

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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CXA209 - Nutrition Through the Lifecycle OR (CXA213 - Health Promotion: Principles and Planning AND CXA234 - Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment)


Teaching Pattern

Workshop – 3 hours (13 weeks)
Lecture (Online) – 2 hours (9 weeks)

AssessmentProject Justification (5%)|Oral Presentation (25%)|Literature Review (30%)|Final Project Report (40%)
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Bowling, A, (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. 3rd Ed. McGraw-Hill (Ebook- full text available).

Page, P., 2012. Research designs in sports physical therapy. International journal of sports physical therapy, 7(5), p.482.Recommended readings

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