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Guide: Assessment 1(b) – Critical analysis of nominated literature (QUANTITATIVE)
Please use the questions provided in this guide to analyse one of the journal articles reporting (available in the assessment tab on vUWS). When answering each question please explain and justify responses with reference to the current literature. Please see Standards and Criteria on pages 17.
1. Background of the study (Total: 5 marks)
1.1 Briefly describe the health issue of the study’s focus?
1.2 What is the significance of the study?
2. Overview of the research design (Total: 5 marks)
2.1 What was the aim of the research?
2.2 What research design was used? Was it appropriate? Why/why not?
3. Sampling (Total: 10 marks)
3.1 Who were the study participants?
3.2 What are the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the sample? Why is it important to have these criteria identified before recruitment?
3.3 What sampling technique was employed in this study? Was it appropriate for the research design? Why/why not?
3.4 Briefly describe the intervention and control groups. How were participants allocated to groups? Was the allocation appropriate? Why/why not?
4. Data collection (Total: 10 marks)
4.1 What are the independent and dependent variables in this study?
4.2 How was the data collected?
4.3 Define the concepts of reliability and validity and discuss how each has/has not been demonstrated in this study?
5. Results (Total: 10 marks)
5.1 What differences in outcomes were identified between the intervention and control groups?
5.2 Were the results significant? Why/why not?
5.3 Can the study results be generalised to other settings? Why/why not?
6. Evidence utilization (Total: 5 marks)
6.1 Would you implement the findings of this study in clinical practice? Why/why not?
7. Presentation (Total: 5 marks)
7.1 Referencing in-text and in reference list conforms to APA referencing style
7.2 Critique supported by relevant literature using at least three recent academic references published from 2011
7.3 Correct sentence, paragraph, grammatical construction, spelling, punctuation and presentation

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