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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Flexible)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Malaysia Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Simon Cooper and TBA (Gippsland, off-campus), Dr Beverley Copnell (Peninsula, on-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%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Simon Cooper

Contact hours

8 hours per week