NUR4402 - Clinical honours thesis 2: Framing a research proposal - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Gulzar Malik

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: amendment to co-requisite, change to unit coordinator and chief examiner.

For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.


The unit provides students with the opportunity to develop an appropriate hypothesis or research question and derive an appropriate research design showing regard to the practical problems of conducting research in in nursing or midwifery settings. Ethical issues in research are also considered. Students will develop their own research proposal and seek ethical approval to conduct their study under the supervision of an academic staff member.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify a research topic that addresses a significant nursing or midwifery issue;
  2. develop a research problem, question or hypothesis;
  3. formulate and present a research plan;
  4. describe the theoretical basis behind the topic and research design;
  5. develop and present a research proposal, including a literature review;
  6. identify issues related to the conduct of the proposed research;
  7. participate in research seminars and workshops;
  8. apply to ethics committees for research approval as necessary; and
  9. demonstrate a collaborative and critical approach to research.


  • Research proposal (3,500 - 4,000 words) (Hurdle)
  • Oral presentation (15 minutes) (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Students enrolling in NUR4402 must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (M3704) or Graduate Diploma of Health and Science Research (M5021)