NUR4403 - Clinical honours thesis 3: Conducting a research project - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Cliff Connell


Cliff Connell

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


NUR4401, NUR4402.


Students enrolling in NUR4403 must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (1249 or M3704) or Graduate Diploma of Health and Science Research (M5021)


The unit provides students with the opportunity to implement the research proposal developed in NUR4402. Students will further develop a literature review, finalise ethical approval for their research, and collect, organise and manage the data for the study. With their research supervisors, students will explore a range of issues that can arise during the research process.


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

  1. generate a critical review of the literature and theoretical frameworks relevant to their field of study;
  2. accurately collect, manage and secure data for research activities;
  3. demonstrate an awareness of ethical and privacy issues as they apply to their research proposal;
  4. work collaboratively with a research supervisor to achieve research milestones (e.g. submission of ethics proposal);
  5. finalise the ethics approval process for the project;
  6. respond appropriately to the realities of research project issues including identification of a research site (or sites) and recruitment of participants;
  7. conduct a pilot study (if appropriate) to anticipate and address practical problems that may arise in the course of data collection;
  8. undertake data collection both accurately and ethically;
  9. discuss issues arising during the research process;
  10. demonstrate effective progress towards research plan;
  11. write to an academic standard by incorporating existing research findings and supervisor feedback; and
  12. present research findings in a seminar context.


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

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