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CEPI5315: Systematic Reviews

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

In this unit of study, we aim to introduce you to systematic reviews and meta-analyses of relevance to healthcare with a particular focus on systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials. Students can choose to learn in online or normal day (on-campus) mode. All students will work through four online modules, delivered over twelve weeks, addressing the following topics at an introductory level: What and why systematic reviews (and meta-analysis); How to formulate answerable healthcare questions and searching for systematic reviews; How a systematic review is conducted and understanding the principles of meta-analysis; and How to appraise, interpret and apply the results of systematic reviews (and meta-analyses). Students will have the opportunity to discuss unit of study learning materials in online tutorials or via weekly (on-campus) tutorials. Readings and other learning materials will be available via eLearning.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CEPI5315
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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CEPI5203 or CEPI5102 or CEPI5314
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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CEPI5100 or PUBH5010 or CLTR5001
Assumed knowledge
? 

None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Melanie Wyld, melanie.wyld@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment
Written assessment
70% Formal exam period 4000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Participation Module 1: tutorial 2 task
Online task
3% Week 02 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Participation Module 1: tutorial 3 task
Online task
3% Week 03 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Online task Module 1: end of module task
Online task
1.5% Week 04 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Participation Module 2: tutorial 2 task
Online task
3% Week 05 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Participation Module 2: tutorial 3 task
Online task
3% Week 06 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO4
Online task Module 2: end of module task
Online task
1.5% Week 07 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Participation Module 3: tutorial 2 task
Online task
3% Week 08 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Participation Module 3: tutorial 3 task
Online task
3% Week 09 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO6
Online task Module 3: end of module task
Online task
1.5% Week 10 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6
Participation Module 4: tutorial 2 task
Online task
3% Week 11 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO7
Participation Module 4: tutorial 3 task
Online task
3% Week 12 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO8
Online task Module 4: end of module task
Online task
1.5% Week 13 To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO8

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1: The what, why and how of systematic reviews Online class (8 hr) LO1
Week 02 Module 1: The key elements of other 'types' of reviews Online class (8 hr) LO2
Week 03 Module 1: Wrap up Online class (8 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Module 2: Answering healthcare questions and an introduction to literature searching Online class (8 hr) LO3
Week 05 Module 2: Comprehensive (advanced) literature searching in Systematic Reviews Online class (8 hr) LO4
Week 06 Module 2: Wrap up Online class (8 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 07 Module 3: The what, why and how of meta-analysis Online class (8 hr) LO5
Week 08 Module 3: An introduction to the conduct and reporting of meta-analysis Online class (8 hr) LO6
Week 09 Module 3: Wrap up Online class (8 hr) LO5 LO6
Week 10 Module 4: Appraising the question and validity of systematic review Online class (8 hr) LO7
Week 11 Module 4: Appraising and applying the results of a systematic review Online class (8 hr) LO8
Week 12 Module 4: Wrap up Online class (8 hr) LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

All students are expected to participate in tutorials and work through the four online modules, as well as participate in other online activities.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand (at an introductory level) the what, why, and how of systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials (RCTs)
  • LO2. understand key elements of other 'types' of reviews
  • LO3. formulate answerable healthcare questions and undertake literature searching at an introductory level to locate systematic reviews and RCTs
  • LO4. undertake comprehensive literature searching required for a systematic review of RCTs
  • LO5. understand (at an introductory level) the what, why, and how of a meta-analysis of RCTs
  • LO6. understand (at an introductory level) how a meta- analysis of RCTs is conducted and reported
  • LO7. appraise the question and validity of a systematic review of RCTs
  • LO8. appraise and apply the results of a systematic review of RCTs.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

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