NURSING 7030 - Undertaking nursing research Exploring Issues in clinical practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7030 Course Undertaking nursing research Exploring Issues in clinical practice Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed NURSING 7102OL Restrictions MNurSc students only Course Description This course focuses on how to conduct nursing research. It covers a range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and methods with a focus on how to use these research approaches and tools to identify answers to problems, issues and questions. Practical aspects of undertaking research are explored with an emphasis on research skill development. Course content includes philosophical underpinnings of research, ethical considerations, literature searching and reviewing, research methodologies, sampling / participant selection, common data collection methods, techniques for data analysis, writing research proposals and grant applications, managing a research project and dissemination research findings.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lynette CusackDr Lynette Cusack.
Dr Morgan Smith
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Identify and formulate a problem to explore via a research
2. Compose a research question and propose a research
3. Select a research method that is congruent with the
methodology and addresses the question.
4. Identify ethical issues related to the application of the research
5. Summarise the practical steps required to implement and manage
the research 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) 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)
1,2.3.4 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 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
3,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4 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
3 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
Required ResourcesTextbook: Gerrish K & Lathlean J 2015, The research process in nursing, 7th edition. John Wiley and
Borbasi, S & Jackson, D 2019, Navigating the maze of research: Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.
Denzin, N & Lincoln, Y 2017, SAGE handbook of qualitative research, 5th edn, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.
Liamputtong, P & Ezzy, D 2019, Qualitative research methods, 5th edn,Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Polit, D & Beck, C 2016, Nursing research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice, 10th edn, Lippincott, Philadelphia.
Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, Elliott, D, LoBiondo-Wood, G, & Haber, J 2018, Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, 6th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW. (Already purchased for an earlier course)
Online LearningA range of online learning resources will be provided for this course including the course guide, online access to library resources, internal and external weblinks, announcements, discussion boards, lecture recordings, email and Turnitin.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered on line with an optional one hour weekly tutorial.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.For this course students can expect to spend 312 hours studying over the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryMost learning will occur online. Students who attend the optional weekly tutorial will focus on the application of research related skills.
Specific Course RequirementsStudenmts will submit all assignments via the associated Canvas page.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryTopic statement. Formative. 0%
Portfolio A. Summative. 40%
Portfolio B. Summative. 60%
Assessment DetailAssessment 1
Students identify a topic of research interest.
Due: week 2
Students commence a research proposal on their chosen topic.
Students complete their research proposal and identify issues related to managing their research project.
Due: week 12
Further information will be available on Canvas and in the course guide.
SubmissionStudents submit assignments via 'MyUni'
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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