Research Methods and Evidence - Based Practice

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Semester 1 2017 5-9 June 2017 6 June NTI Wollongong Campus

Research and Evidence-Based Practice’ examines Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), which is central to contemporary health research and practice. Students will learn how to apply scientific methods and statistical principles to a variety of research situations and questions, and to understand the ways in which knowledge in the health and social sciences is validated and communicated.

Complementary and alternative medicine is a thriving sector of health care. Case studies will enable students to study the philosophies, practices and supporting evidence base for selected therapies such as meditation, traditional medicine, qigong, yoga, spiritual healing, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, shiatsu, iridology and kinesiology.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate how a range of empirical and analytical approaches are applied to research in the health and social sciences and health practice – and critically 
    analyse their strengths and weaknesses, and the situations in which they can be applied.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research ethics and the requirements for ethics research approvals.
  • Competently search and critically review the relevant literature, appraise the sociological, statistical and clinical signicance, and make suggestions about further research and development.
  • Develop specic research questions suitable for research projects and write a research proposal.
  • Learn the skills of research paper-writing and reporting. 


Dr Susan Sumskis

Who is it for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy/Mind-Body Therapies
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
  • Psychology/Psychiatry/Social Work
  • Health Services/Health Promotion
  • Chronic illness/Pain Management
  • Education
  • Welfare Organisations, Aid, Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Youth
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Sector
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport
  • Business Management/HR, Mentoring, Coaching, Organisational Development
  • Life coaching



Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily


3 weeks - Final assignments due 



Attendance and class participation

Lecture Week


Group work on framing research questions, proposals and individual

presentations (15 minutes)

Lecture week


Assignment on research methods, critical analysis and interpretation (1,500 words)

1 week after lecture



Research proposal and critical literature review (3,000 words)

3 weeks after lecture




‘Research and Evidence-Based Practice’ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Masters (Health and Social Wellbeing)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing

24 credit points

Study costs

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Health and Social Wellbeing program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.