Research and Evidence Based Practice

Unit code: HNB2007 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
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This unit  extends students’  knowledge of the research processes and its relationship to evidence-based practice in health care. It considers a broad range of research philosophies, methodologies and methods currently employed in nursing and midwifery research. Students will extend critical  appraisal skills for research and evidence-based practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise the role of research in nursing and midwifery and its relationship to evidence-based practice;
  2. Critically review and evaluate research approaches identified in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery;
  3. Critique how evidence influences and translates into practice;
  4. Exhibit appropriate use of digital technologies to enhance searching strategies in accessing valid sources of data and information; and
  5. Articulate the role of ethical standards in research.


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The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. The first assessment task will link the tests to the key component of research methods and design. In the second task students will work in small groups to synthesise evidence on a health-related topic and then present a poster in an abstract format. The final assessment is an individual critique of a nursing and midwifery research article.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online weekly quizzes (4)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Journal Critique (2000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group assessment (1500 words) (20mins)

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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