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Semester 1 - Online
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This subject provides an overview of methodologies useful for researching health and nursing practice and will equip students with a broad appreciation of the many aspects of clinical research. The subject will explore how research questions arise from practice, why specific methodologies are used, how studies are conducted, and how to obtain, interpret and report data. The focus of this subject is developing skills in the design and conduct of original research in an area of practice that is of interest to the student and for the student to have the confidence to communicate how the proposed research will contribute to the advancement of nursing knowledge.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Apply independent thought and rational inquiry in the search and critique of evidence relevant to a research question
- Formulate research questions arising from clinical practice or concerning policy development
- Demonstrate understanding and application of the philosophical, methodological and ethical dimensions of research activity
- Identify common research methods and approaches and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these
- Demonstrate evolving skills in formulating the methodology for a research project that is appropriate for the identified research question
- Describe the implications of research findings for the nursing profession in terms of practice and education
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;
- the ability to work effectively in a team;
- planning and time management skills;
- the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.
Last updated: 8 September 2021