This unit introduces the students to fundamental knowledge of the research process and its relationship to evidence-based practice in health care. It aims to introduce a broad range of research approaches, designs and methodologies currently utilised by nursing and midwifery research. Students will develop critical evaluation skills for research and evidence-based practice.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HNB2007

Prerequisites

96 credit points of first year units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the role of research in nursing and midwifery and its relationship to evidence-based practice;  
  2. Critically review and evaluate the research approach identified in a nursing/midwifery research journal article;  
  3. Critique how evidence influences and translates into practice;  
  4. Exhibit appropriate use of information and communication technologies to access valid sources of data and information; and  
  5. Articulate the role of ethical standards in research.  

Assessment

The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. The first assessment task will link the quizzes to the key component of research methods and design. In the second task students will work in small groups to identify and summarise three articles related to National Safety and Quality Health Care Standards 4, 7 and 8 and then present one article that addresses a standard. The final assessment is an individual critique of a nursing research article.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online weekly quizzes (4) 20%
Presentation Group written assessment and presentation (1500 words) 30%
Assignment Journal Critique (2000 words) 50%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must submit all assessment items and achieve an aggregate score of 50%.

Required reading

Navigating the maze of research: enhancing nursing and midwifery practice
Borbasi, S., Jackson, D., East, L. (2019)
Elsevier: Chatswood, Australia (ISBN 9780729587211)

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