Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Lisa McKenna


This unit examines foundations of knowledge for nursing and education for clinical practice. Knowledge generation through research, and the application and dissemination of that knowledge, are central themes of this unit. The development of a research culture as the cornerstone of professional nursing is emphasized. Research processes from various traditions are examined and their specific relevance to nursing in diverse practice settings is explored. The significance of evidence-based nursing in the context of the contemporary health care environment is highlighted. As a key feature of this unit, knowledge transfer and translation is examined in primary, acute and rehabilitative settings. Strategies for peer teaching and health promotion through teaching are developed through exploration of theoretical concepts and practical application in the classroom setting.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss the concept of knowledge generation in professional nursing;
  2. describe philosophical underpinnings, methodologies and principles of research relevant to nursing practice;
  3. understand the generation of knowledge in nursing through the critique of research;
  4. discuss the ethical principles underpinning the research process;
  5. recommend strategies for the dissemination of knowledge to facilitate improved health outcomes;
  6. identify strategies for the translation of research evidence to nursing practice; 7. describe and critique theories of learning;
  7. develop and implement plans for health teaching and promotion.


Online research quizzes x 3 (15%)
Literature review integrating critical appraisal of evidence (3,500 words) (50%)
Teaching plan & essay (2,000 words) (20%)
Teaching session (group presentation) (15%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

10 hours a week: lectures 6 hours, tutorials 4 hours over 8 weeks. Please note: Students who undertake this unit in the summer semester will be on campus for 5.5 weeks intensive mode.

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