NUR5033 - Contemporary nursing in context 3 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Maya Ebrahimi Zanjani


Mrs Maya Ebrahimi Zanjani

Unit guides



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


NUR5011 and NUR5111


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3966, M6016


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.


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

  1. Assess a client's learning needs and use appropriate teaching methods and teaching aids
  2. Describe and critique theories of learning
  3. Develop and implement plans for health teaching and promotion
  4. Differentiate the types of literature and literature reviews
  5. Discuss the concept of knowledge generation in professional nursing
  6. Describe philosophical underpinnings, methodologies and principles of research relevant to nursing practice
  7. Explain the generation of knowledge in nursing through the critique of research
  8. Discuss the ethical principles underpinning the research process
  9. Recommend strategies for the dissemination of knowledge to facilitate improved health outcomes
  10. Identify strategies for the translation of research evidence to nursing practice.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Active learning engagement (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Multi-media teaching session (presentation) and written paper (2,000 words) (30%),
  • Literature review (3,000 words) (30%),
  • Exam (3 hours) (30%)

Workload requirements

12 hours self-directed study per week

10 hours per week of workshops and lectures

See also Unit timetable information

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


Nursing and midwifery