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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMPD
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Peninsula)
Contact details

Administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 9904 4156; fax +61 3 9904 4130 or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Jenny Newton


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


The field of practice development is an expanding international framework which is being introduced within health and other practice settings as an avenue for creating and sustaining change in patient/client delivery and outcomes. This course is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


On completion of the course students will be expected to be able to:

  • analyse the philosophical intent and broad theoretical approaches that inform practice development
  • critically appraise concepts associated with quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • demonstrate practice development methods and strategies of facilitation and critical reflection that enhance practitioner knowledge and skills for improving effectiveness of patient/client care
  • generate discourse on practice improvement using a practice development framework
  • design a research project that shows an in-depth understanding of practice development processes.


Assessment is based on a range of activities such as reflective journals, supervised practice, work-based learning, action learning groups, online forums, presentation of scholarly reports and publications, and development of research projects.


The course consists of three core units and either a research project or elective units.


Year 1

Core units

  • GHS9841 Research methods and issues
  • MPD5001 Practice development methodologies and implementation strategies

Year 2

or two electives from:

  • GHS9850 Nursing practice and management
  • NUR9215 Advanced nursing practice in context
  • NUR9842 Graduate nursing studies: caring nursing


Master of Practice Development