NURSING 5111 - Critical Reading in Clinical Nursing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 5111 Course Critical Reading in Clinical Nursing Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M.NurSc and G.DipNurSc students only Course Description This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to access and critique evidence to inform their practice with the aim of improving patient care. Specifically, the course is process oriented rather than content oriented. Thus, the course content consists of some broad guidelines on how to plan, carry out and report on the students reading.
Course Coordinator: Dr Rick WiechulaCourse Coordinator: Dr Rick Wiechula
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Students will meet with supervisors and this will be negotiated between students and supervisors at the start of semester.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify a topic that is of interest to the student and directly relevant to their practice area 2 Identify literature that would appropriately inform their practice 3 Critically appraise the evidence to inform practice. 4 Synthesise the identified evidence 5 Construct a report of the critical reading project
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesPearson, A, Field, J & Jordan, Z 2007, Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in Nursing and Health Care, Blackwell Publishing, Melbourne.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered through the Flexible Delivery Mode. External students will receive lecture notes online. All students will be allocated a supervisor to monitor and advise the student throughout the project.
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 spend about 12 hours of study a week to successfully complete this course. This includes reading, completing activities and assessments. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryThis course is designed to encourage students to plan and pursue their own learning.
Specifically, the course is process oriented rather than content oriented. Thus, the course content consists of some broad guidelines on how to plan, carry out and report on the students reading. This study guide overviews; searching the literature, assessing the quality of a research report and writing up a systematically developed report on your reading.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed TOPIC OUTLINE Formative 0% Identify a topic that is of interest to the student and directly relevant to their practice area. PROPOSAL Summative 30% Identify literature that would appropriately inform their practice.
Critically appraise the evidence to inform practice.
Synthesise the identified evidence.
REPORT Summative 70% Construct a report of the critical reading project.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Topic Outline
Select a topic of interest from your practice and detail why this practice may have issues of concern
Assessment 2: Reading Protocol
Develop a protocol for your review, using the protocol format provided in the study guide.
Assessment 2: Reading Report
The Report must be based on the protocol that was developed for the first assignment.
Include the following content in the report:
• the topic and your rationale for pursuing it
• the relevance of the topic to your area of practice
• the search strategy used
• a critical review of the literature found
• a conclusion which incorporates recommendations or ideas for practice.
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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
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