Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will develop specialised knowledge and skills in research by applying the concepts to an area within your professional practice. Specifically, you will focus on the skills required to be an effective consumer of research. Real-life research projects will be used as a foundation for student to explore the relevance of a research question, the appropriate selection of research design, the integration of relevant data analysis techniques, and the confidence with which conclusions can be drawn from the study findings and translated to the student's work setting. The subject forms a foundation for evidenced based practice and provides opportunities for student to consider undertaking research projects.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEwan McDonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

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. Distinguish the important elements of the research process.

Break down the important elements of the research process. Distinguish different research designs. Compare and contrast different data collection strategies.

02. Recognise the conduct of ethical research.

Describe the key ethical principles of research. Point out the ethical principles required for research with vulnerable groups. Outline ethical processes required to conduct research.

03. Outline the strategies for dissemination of research.

Categorise different strategies for dissemination of research. Decide the effectiveness of dissemination strategies and potential to change nursing and midwifery practice.

04. Critique a body of research.

Critique the research literature. Decide whether research conducted is ethical. Judge the appropriateness of the research design to address the research question. Appraise the research outcomes compared to research aims.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2017, Teaching Session 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEwan McDonald

Class requirements

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


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