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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 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
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Prof Simon Cooper (Gippsland), Dr Kay McCauley (Peninsula)


This unit introduces the student to the concept of evidence based practice and its application to health care. The evidence based practice model will be presented as the framework to encourage students to reflect on the current evidence base of contemporary clinical practices. The unit will introduce the student to the principles underpinning qualitative and quantitative research approaches, the research process and methodology and the ethical issues of undertaking research. Students will explore the different levels of evidence through reviewing research reports on topical issues of practice within healthcare delivery.


On completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the concept of evidence based practice and its application to clinical practice;
  2. Discuss the different forms of knowledge acquisition in nursing and midwifery;
  3. Describe the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research;
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the key aspects within the research process;
  5. Discuss the ethical principles underpinning research process, and
  6. Assess the quality of evidence derived from nursing and midwifery research literature.


Major assignment: 60%
On-line quizzes: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kay McCauley

Contact hours

This unit will consist of :
4 x 2 hour lectures, supplemented by a minimum of 4 online podcasts for the remaining weeks of the semester
2 hours tutorials per week for 10 weeks
NB: Tutorials are compulsory for students not attending clinical placement; students required to attend clinical placement must attend a minimum 7 tutorials per semester