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NUR4401 - Clinical honours thesis 1: Applied research methods and skills

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Ysanne Chapman


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


This unit provides students with the opportunity to encounter a challenging research environment through the interaction of philosophical paradigms and extension of theoretical knowledge and acquisitions of skills to facilitate the undertaking of a research project. The unit will build upon knowledge gained in the second year unit Research in Nursing Practice.


At the completion of the unit the students will be expected to:

  1. evaluate and utilise appropriate philosophical foundations of research;
  2. distinguish and critique quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and
  3. develop and utilise research skills in the following areas:-
    1. advanced online searching
    2. documentation management
    3. data collection methods and analysis.


Oral seminar paper on a research philosopher/philosophy: 30%
Data analysis exercise: 30%
essay/critique on research methodologies (2500 words): 40%




Available to students undertaking Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing or Honours degree of Bachelor of Midwifery only