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Clinical Inquiry & Nursing Research (NURS90123)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90123
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to meet the needs of nurses to retrieve, critically appraise and utilise nursing and other related research as an evidential base for practice. This subject provides an overview of research methodologies that will equip students with a broad appreciation of the many aspects of clinical research, including ethical and quality issues. The subject will develop student skills and knowledge necessary to understand the purpose and principles of evidence based practice (EBP) in order to undertake a team-based research project in the following year. Students will gain an appreciation of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the fundamental differences in these approaches.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • discuss the purpose of EBP within the healthcare environment;
  • describe the key principles of EBP;
  • develop searchable questions arising from clinical problems and issues;
  • identify common research and evaluation methods and practices;
  • demonstrate capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • demonstrate an understanding of critically appraising research using relevant appraisal frameworks, critical thinking and analytical skills; and
  • demonstrate skills in formulating and planning a research project.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
  • critical thinking and analytical skills
  • an openness to new ideas
  • planning and time management skills
  • the ability to work effectively in a team
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material

Last updated: 3 June 2019