Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beverley Copnell (Clayton Campus), Dr Susan Lee (Peninsula Campus)


Research is integral to nursing practice. As leaders in clinical practice, education or management, it is essential that Master's-prepared nurses have the skills to effectively consume, produce and apply research knowledge to ensure that practice is based on appropriate and critiqued evidence. This unit will provide students with the theoretical knowledge required to evaluate research evidence for use in clinical practice, education or management, and will prepare students to undertake their own research project.


On completion of the unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the contributions of research to the nursing knowledge base and to patient outcomes;
  2. Identify relevant and significant nursing problems for investigation;
  3. Critically analyse various approaches to nursing research;
  4. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and research designs;
  5. Locate, critically appraise and synthesis research evidence relating to nursing problems;
  6. Analyse the principles of ethical research conduct and discuss their application in practice.


Written assignment (4000words) 40%
Written assignment (5000 word) 60%

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