NURSING 4410B - Honours Nursing Research Project (Two-Year) Final

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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 4410B
    Course Honours Nursing Research Project (Two-Year) Final
    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
    Corequisites NURSING 4300, NURSING 4301
    Assessment Question, literature review, research proposal, summary of results, presentation and publication
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tim Schultz

    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, Usually held in October.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The 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 questionFormulate 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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:UnibooksWebsite: Ramsay – Medicalbooks and moreWebsite: Encompass Bookshop Website:
    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 2016, SPSS Survival Manual, Allen& Unwin, This book is essential if you are planning to use SPSS for yourstatistical 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 healthsciences, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Edinburgh.

    Rees, C. 2016 RAPID Research methods for Nurses Midwives andHealth Professionals, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, Also available as anE-Book. Test is a useful dictionary of research terms.

    Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, LoBionodo, G. Haber, J. 2016, Nursing & Midwifery Research, 5thedn, Mosby, Elsevier, Sydney.

    Streubert Speziale, H & Carpenter, D 2010, Qualitative research in nursing advancingthe humanistic imperative, 5th edn, Lippincott Williams &Wilkins, Philadelphia.

    Note: Students are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and students are encouraged to have a look at them.
    Online Learning
    Not applicable
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    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, this will ususally be held in October. Part time tudents will complete the Honours program in two years. 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 and 12 units of research in the second year.

    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.

    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 per semester when studying part time 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
    Assessment Summay
    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
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at

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    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.

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

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