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NUR1201 - Introduction to professional studies

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Ailas Rickards (Gippsland), Ms Jenny Oates (Peninsula) & Ms Lyn Faulks (Mildura)


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Mildura First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


The aim of this unit is to enable the student to develop tertiary study skills and knowledge that will assist them to become a beginning scholar of nursing. For this they will require sound written skills, information literacy, library skills and knowledge of the theoretical foundations of nursing. Particular attention will be given to the development of literacy, electronic communication skills and critical thinking for clinical decision making. This unit aims to give students an introduction to, and an understanding of the literature, theories and professional values associated with the discipline of nursing.


On completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:

  1. discuss the significance of scholarship to the development of nursing as a professional discipline;
  2. describe the role of the professional nurse as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  3. demonstrate competency in beginning level tertiary study skills;
  4. identify historical and contemporary factors influencing the development of nursing as a profession;
  5. discuss nursing theory, nursing research, critical thinking and reflection in the context of the development of nursing knowledge;
  6. identify core Australian Nursing Council Incorporated (ANCI) competencies and standards associated with professional nursing practice; and
  7. utilise information technologies to collect and manage health information.


Tutorial presentation: 20%
Written Assignment: 30%
Exam: 50%

Contact hours

4 hours per week (lecture and tutorial)


Available to Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing and Rural Health Practice students only