NURSING 4400B - Honours Nursing Research Project Pt 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 4400B
    Course Honours Nursing Research Project Pt 2
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 18
    Contact Up to 24 hours per week (based on full-time study load)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites NURSING 4300, NURSING 4301, NURSING 4400A
    Corequisites NURSING 4300, NURSING 4301
    Assessment Question, literature review, research proposal, summary of results, presentation and publication
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mitra Javanmard

    Course Timetable

    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
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The Learning Outomes for this courses are:
    1. Explore options for a possible research topic
    2. Examine the literature relevant to the chosen research topic
    3. Compose a research question
    4. Identify the appropriate research methodology with which to investigate the chosen question
    5. Formulate a research proposal
    6. Summarise and critique the literature and present it in a literature review
    7. Conduct all phases of the research study including data collection and analysis
    8. Formulate apaper suitable for publication presenting the research study
    9. Present the research in an Adelaide Nursing School 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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There 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

    Encompass Bookshop

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended 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 &
    Wilkins, Philadelphia.

    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 Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There 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.

    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.
  • 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

    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%
    Assessment Detail

    Research question

    Word count: 1000

    Write a simple research question related to your practice. Identify the research methodology best suited to answer the research question.

    Literature review

    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


    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted.

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline. You will find this on the School of Nursing Website or use the link provided here.

    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy 

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as an acceptable file type (i.e. .doc, .docx, .rtf .ppt, .pdf). It is also important

    to submit the file such as surnamestudentid (i.e. knight1234567). MyUni stamps all the other details against the filename once the assessment is submitted. The assignment should be submitted as one file, Information on avoiding plagiarism is available at

    Contact the MyUni helpdesk on +61 8 8313 3335 or email for

    assistance with assignment submission.

    Important note: copies of assignments should always be kept

    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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.

    Marking Scheme


    The marking Scheme used for all Honours courses is M11

    Mark                                        Grade                                      GPA

    80-100                                     First Class                                 7

    70-79                                       Second Class Div A                    6

    60-69                                       Second Class Div B                    5

    50-59                                       Third Class                                4

    1-49                                         Fail                                           1.5

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

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     There have been no SELTS for this course as it is being offered for the first time in this format.
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