Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Prof Simon Cooper (BERWICK), 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 :
Two (2) hours lectures per week, supplemented by a minimum of four (4) online podcasts for the remaining weeks of the semester
Two (2) hours tutorials per week.
NB: Tutorials are compulsory for students not attending clinical placement; students required to attend clinical placement must attend a minimum seven (7) tutorials per semester




Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing Community Health.