Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Joanne Porter


The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop tertiary study skills and knowledge that will assist them to become a scholar of nursing. Particular attention will be given to the development of communication, literacy, information technology and critical thinking and clinical decision making skills. The significance of research to the development of a distinct, specialised body of knowledge will be emphasised. The research process will be introduced as a basis for the development of skills in the evaluation and application of research outcomes in nursing practice. The contribution of scholarship to the evolution of nursing as a professional discipline will be explored in this unit.


On completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss the significance of scholarship to the status of nursing as a professional discipline;
  2. Develop competency in tertiary study skills;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in professional written and verbal communication;
  4. Describe research methodologies used in the investigation of problems of significance to nursing and midwifery;
  5. Discuss the concept of evidence-based practice in relation to the provision of safe, effective, holistic nursing care;
  6. Examine nursing theory, critical thinking and reflection in the context of the development of nursing knowledge;
  7. Effectively use a broad range of resources including literature and information technologies to enhance critical and clinical decision-making skills.


Tutorial presentation (20%)
Written assignment (40%)
Exam (40%)

Workload requirements

4 hours per week (lecture and tutorial).

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