Monash University Handbooks 2008

GHS9841 - Research methods and issues

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor Ysanne Chapman (Gippsland, off-campus)


Gippsland First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Macau First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Malaysia Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2008 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit is designed to provide the skills needed for the design and implementation of a research project and to acquire an understanding of the basic concepts associated with both quantitative and qualitative research. Contents of this unit include the scientific research process and nursing research; the research problem; reviewing the literature; research design; concept of measurement; reliability and validity in research; qualitative research; developing a research proposal and research ethics.


This unit will provide opportunities for students to:

  1. identify relevant and significant nursing problems for investigation;
  2. describe the basic steps in the research process;
  3. discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different research methods which can be applied to nursing research;
  4. select and apply an appropriate design to a research problem;
  5. collect, analyse and interpret data using appropriate techniques;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations to be taken into account with respect to the conduct of research;
  7. conduct a comprehensive and relevant literature review in your area of particular interest;
  8. understand and apply such concepts as reliability and validity in the preparation for, and conduct of your individual research project.


Essay: methodological reviews/critiques 40%
Research proposal (including literature review) 60%

Contact hours

8 hours per week

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