NURSING 7003OL - International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery

Online - Semester 2 - 2017

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of topical issues related to the health care system and nurses' roles within it, both on a national and international level. Topics will include health and the environment, the epidemiology of disease, epidemiological tools, poverty, global conflict, the economics of health care, political awareness, leadership and spheres of nursing.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7003OL
    Course International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to MNSc students only
    Assessment Online quiz, portfolio of activities
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Philippa Rasmussen

    Course Coordinator: Dr Philippa Rasmussen
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3866

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, RAH

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 critically analyse contemporary issues in health care policy and funding delivery in Australia and overseas
    2 explain the health care system from a nursing perspective and in the context of maintenance of standards
    3 envision how future nursing services will be delivered
    4 discuss leadership roles for nurses to guide the profession into the future
    5 explain the role of epidemiology in the control and surveillance of disease
    6 discuss critically how epidemiological data is used to influence health care policy and impacts on global health issues
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing if you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
    Recommended Resources
    Note: You are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and you are encouraged to have a look at them.
    Online Learning
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

    UNIFIED is your one-stop shop for email, calendar, MyUni and Access Adelaide. It even allows you to search the Library.
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    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (

    Remote student library service
    The University of Adelaide Library provides a document delivery and loans service to non-metropolitan students who do not visit a University of Adelaide campus to attend classes (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is presented in an external mode off campus and therefore there is no attendance at lectures or tutorials required. Students are encouraged to discuss the content with work colleagues to enhance their learning.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    It is expected that you will need to invest about 12 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The scientific and technological advances that occurred in the previous century and that continue to take place today are having dramatic effects at all levels of the workplace and as members of contemporary society we now live in an era of unprecedented change. As a consequence of these developments, rationalised health care has become a fact of life and is reflected in health strategies throughout the world. Health service delivery in Australia is currently changing at almost every level.

    This is not a phenomenon unique to Australia; all western health care facilities are closely examining reimbursement issues and steadfastly scrutinising the link between quality, cost and length of stay among other activities under the rubric of economic reform. In all countries, nursing is a key stakeholder (albeit sometimes an invisible one) in the structures of current health care systems and has recognised the need to play a leading role in the inevitable revision of nursing service delivery that these changes are bringing about. The nature and context of these developments form the key focus of International Issues in Nursing Service Delivery.

    This is approached in the context of the relationships between health, the environment, and other factors to provide a global perspective of issues that link our future wellbeing.

    In this course we aim to achieve the following, to:
    1. Encourage critical thinking by students about social, political, cultural and organisational issues
    2. Set the nursing and health care domains in context in order to increase students' understanding of the complexities inherent in the delivery of health care
    3. Enable students to critically analyse specific health care policies and resource allocation and their impact on nursing in order to develop an in depth understanding of issues—i.e. To grasp the broad picture
    Explore and debate with students how they might facilitate change and provide clinical leadership in the changing environment of health care, e.g. The role of nurses in the development and evaluation of health care policy.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online quiz Formative N/A 1-6
    Essay Summative 30% 1-6
    Essay Summative 70% 1-6
    Assessment Detail
    Due dates: To be advised details will be posted on MyUni.

    Assessment 1: Online Quiz

    Weighting: Not weighted

    Assessment 2: Portfolio A

    Weighting: 30%
    Length: 1250 words

    Assessment 3: Portfolio B

    Weighting: 70%
    Length: 2500 words

    For each week’s learning there are one or more portfolio activities. It is these learning activities that comprise your portfolio. The activities are highlighted in GREEN boxes and there may be more than one for each week. The other activities will assist your learning but do not need to be submitted in the portfolio. The portfolio will be marked in accordance with the criteria in the marking guide. All activities must be referenced.
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    An Assignment Coversheet must be submitted with each assessment. The coversheet should be the first page of your assessment. A word version of the Assignment Coversheet is available to download at The Plagiarism Statement must be signed and dated for your assessment to be marked (please note the details stated on the Assignment Coversheet). More information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Students are reminded that plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious offence and can result in disciplinary procedures. Students are advised to read the policy Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures policy, available at The following definitions should be noted.

    Referencing: providing a full bibliographic reference to the source of the citation (in a style as determined by the School).
    Quotation: placing an excerpt from an original source into a paper using either quotation marks or indentation, with the source cited, using an approved referencing system in order to give credit to the original author.
    Paraphrasing: repeating a section of text using different words which retain the original meaning.
    Please note: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

    Marking Guide – Portfolios Part A&B
    Structure and Writing Style 10%
    • Each section of the portfolio is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings may be used to develop the structure of the portfolio)

    • Where appropriate introduces/outlines/situates the activity/discussion

    • Where appropriate each section of the portfolio ends with a cogent, defendable conclusion that summarises the discussion within the body of the activity

    Writing Style

    • The portfolio is written with clear sentence structure and the spelling and grammar are correct
    Content 80%
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the activities/discussions chosen by identifying the main components/issues/focus of the topic area

    • Where appropriate provides evidence of support from contemporary literature to support argument/points of view

    • Has grounded the topic within the clinical area but also includes the broad scope of nursing

    • Where appropriate for the activity demonstrates critical thought

    • Has completed activities/discussion points as directed e.g. one from each week
    Referencing 10%
    • The referencing style used throughout the paper is congruent with the School Academic Manual

    • The reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title etc), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with the School Academic Manual

    • The references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers)

    • Primary references are used where possible (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source)

    • There is evidence in the paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue

    • The student has acknowledged all sources of information

    • Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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