Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will be introduced to the concept of clinical governance and the use of evidence to improve the quality of health care offered. You will apply the principles of evidence-based practice in a critique of current clinical practice and formulate a detailed plan for the conduct of a clinical audit as a means of investigating the effectiveness, appropriateness and feasibility of a clinical practice. The subject is comprised of a series of learning activities that are delivered online and supported by a facilitator.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLes Fitzgerald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in course code: HMNSCO


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain how clinical governance and best practice evidence is used in your organisation to improve clinical practice.

Written assessment.

02. Locate and critically appraise different forms of evidence.

Online activity. Literature searching, using a range of sources of evidence.

03. Develop a standard of 'best practice', that is based on the evidence available, on a clinical practice topic.

Online activity. Literature searching using a range of sources of evidence.

04. Formulate a detailed plan for the conduct of a clinical audit.

Written assessment.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2016, Teaching Session 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLes Fitzgerald

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 24 - 29
One 150.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 24 to week 29 and delivered via online.
"150 hours of directed and self-directed online learning."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word written task plus one 500-word peer assessment (or equivalent).10 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1,500-word examination (or equivalent written task)45 01, 02, 03, 04
One multimedia and digital presentation (equivalent to 1,500 words), or equivalent.45 01, 02, 03, 04