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Table 1 Curriculum and assessment for three Evidence-Based Practice courses over a four year program

From: Changes in physiotherapy students’ knowledge and perceptions of EBP from first year to graduation: a mixed methods study

Course Evidence Based Practice 1 Evidence Based Practice 2 Evidence Based Practice 3
Duration 13 weeks 13 weeks 16 weeks
Contact hours
  2 h of face-to-face lectures
12 h of face-to-face tutorials
36 h of online learning modules
26 h of face-to-face lectures/discussions
11 h of tutorials
1 h of computer practical session
1 week intensive workshop (face-to-face lectures, interactive library sessions, workshop practical sessions) group (n = 5) work with facilitator to undertake a systematic review
  • principles and conflicts concerning the best available research evidence
• hierarchies of research evidence
• methodologies and assumptions underlying quantitative and qualitative research approaches
• fundamental skills in accessing electronic databases
• introduction to and application of different CATs
• development of research questions in a PICO format
• data analysis and presentation
• implications and conclusions of findings
• establishment of systematic search strategies
• selection of appropriate databases
• limitations to research
• procedure to undertake and report a systematic review
• developing a focussed PICO for a specific topic
• developing eligibility criteria
• database selection, developing and saving a search strategy
• managing references/software
• choice and application a CAT
• data presentation
• interpretation and application of findings
  1 written quiz of 15 questions (15%)
1 open book written test (35%)
Final written exam (50%)
1 multiple choice and short answer test (15%)
2 tutorial presentations (2 × 5%)
2 A4-page summary of presentation material (2 × 12.5%)
Final written exam (50%)
Group systematic review proposal (15%) Complete and write-up a systematic review (70%)
Peer mark (10%)
Facilitator mark (5%)
  1. CAT Critical appraisal tools, PICO Population Intervention Comparison Outcomes