NURSING 4400A - Honours Nursing Research Project Pt 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 4400A Course Honours Nursing Research Project Pt 1 Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 24 hours per week (based on full-time study load) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Corequisites NURSING 4300, NURSING 4301 Course Description This course is designed to allow students to work with a supervisor to identify a suitable research question, conduct a literature review and prepare a research proposal for submission to the appropriate ethics committee. Students will then continue to work with a supervisor to conduct the research study proposed present their findings in a School of Nursing seminar and in a paper suitable for publication.
Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Wiechula
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
There are no lectures for the Honours Research Project. Each student will be allocated one or more supervisors and will meet with them regularly (one or two weekly). The supervisor/s will guide the student in the conduct of the research project. All assessments relate to this project. Students are expected to attend and may be required to present at the School Research Conversazione, in 2016 this will be held on 6-7th October.
Course Learning OutcomesThe Learning Outomes for this courses are:
- Explore options for a possible research topic
- Examine the literature relevant to the chosen research topic
- Compose a research question
- Identify the appropriate research methodology with which to investigate the chosen question
- Formulate a research proposal
- Summarise and critique the literature and present it in a literature review
- Conduct all phases of the research study including data collection and analysis
- Formulate a paper suitable for publication presenting the research study
- Present the research in a School of Nursing research seminar.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
2,3,4,5,6,7,8 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
1,2,3,4,5,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
7,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7,8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course however, you may have texts prescribed for your coursework.
They may be purchased from all or some of the following outlets:
Ramsay – Medical
books and more
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Texts
Burns, N, Gray, J, Burns, N, 2014,
Understanding Nursing Research Building an Evidence-Based Practice, 6th edn,
Elsevier Saunders, St Louis.
Pallant, J 2013, SPSS Survival Manual, Allen
& Unwin, This book is essential if you are planning to use SPSS for your
statistical analysis. There is also a
Support Website available if you purchase the text.
Polgar, S & Thomas, S 2013, 6th Edition. Introduction to research in the health
sciences, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Edinburgh.
Rees, C. 2016 RAPID Research methods for Nurses Midwives and
Health Professionals, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, Also available as an
E-Book. Test is a useful dictionary of research terms.
Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, LoBionodo, G. Haber, J. 2013, Nursing & Midwifery Research, 4th
edn, Mosby, Elsevier, Sydney.
Note this text is
also available as an E Book. Please note a 2016 edition is to be released in
March, see below.
Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, LoBionodo, G. Haber, J. 2016, Nursing & Midwifery Research, 5th
edn, Mosby, Elsevier, Sydney.
Streubert Speziale, H & Carpenter, D 2010, Qualitative research in nursing advancing
the humanistic imperative, 5th edn, Lippincott Williams &
Students are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material coveredwithin this course and students are encouraged to have a look at them.
Online LearningNot Applicable
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere are no lectures for the Honours Research Project. Eachstudent will be allocated one or more supervisors and will meet with them regularly (one or two weekly). The supervisor/s will guide the student in the conduct of the research project. All assessments relate to this project.
Students are expected to attend and may be required to present at the School Research Conversazione, in 2016 this will be held on 6-7th October.
Full time students will complete the Honours program in one year. Completing the course work, Honours Research Literacy (3 Units) and Honours Systematic Reviews of Research (3 units) and 6 units of the research in the first semester 1 and 12 units of research in the second.
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 24 hours of study a week in semester 1 when studying full time and 24 hours a week in semester 2 to successfully complete this course. This includes working with your supervisors to plan and conduct your research project and to complete assessments. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
Learning Activities Summary
Students will be guided through the development and conduct of a research project by their supervisors. They will also be supported in the writing up of the research in the form of a paper for publication.
Specific Course RequirementsNA
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNA
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Please note the assessment is completed over the full year. Asessment due dates are detailed on MyUni.
- Research question Formative 0%
- Literature review Summative 10%
- Proposal Summative 10%
- Paper presenting research results Summative 20%
- Presentation including summary of research findings Summative 20%
- Research paper Summative 40%
Word count: 1000
Write a simple research question related to your practice. Identify the research methodology best suited to answer the research question.
Word count: 2250
Conduct a comprehensive search of the literature regarding the chosen research question
Word count: 5000 equivalent
Formulate a research proposal to investigate the chosen research question and submit to the appropriate research ethics committee
Analysis of research results
Word count: 4500
Paper presenting the research results, analysis and discussion.
Research Seminar presentation on the research project conducted
Word count equivalent including preparation: 4500
Implement the research as indicated by the proposal and formulate a draft summary. Compose and present their research project and findings to peers and Nursing professionals in a School of Nursing seminar.
Paper for publication on research project conducted
Word count: 4750 equivalent workload
Compose a paper suitable for publication presenting the research conducted during the honours project
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