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NUR2300 Research Methods for Nursing

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Fraser Coast
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Jennifer Kelly
Moderator: Clint Moloney


Pre-requisite: CMS1008 and MAT1008 and NUR1140 and NUR1120 and (Co-requisite or Pre-requisite NUR1200)


The professional practice of the Registered Nurse is informed by nursing research. Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing are expected to effectively utilize research methods for nursing and actively participate in the Scholarship of Nursing to provide evidence for their own practice and for the discipline of nursing. This course provides students with opportunities to apply a theoretical knowledge base to practical exercises which prepare them for their roles in scholarship and research in Nursing.


The course provides an introduction to research processes and scholarship activity in the Nursing profession. Content includes an examination of the research process and methodologies (qualitative and quantitative). The professional nurse's role in the dissemination of knowledge is examined as a scholarly expectation including the skills of scientific writing, publication and professional speaking. BN students (Pre-reg) may only enrol in the EXT mode with the permission of the Examiner.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify and explore the various approaches to the research process and their characteristics;
  2. become familiar with and critique various research designs at a beginning level;
  3. describe the link between nursing research and professional practice; (relate to ANMC competencies);
  4. critically examine the issues and ethical considerations which impact on Nursing research;
  5. demonstrate achievement of professional scholarship skills such as scientific writing, formulation of a research proposal and the critique of published studies;
  6. demonstrate ability to apply correct Harvard AGPS referencing style.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Research Process 6.00
2. Critiquing scholarly/research articles 6.00
3. Ethical Considerations 12.00
4. Literature Review 6.00
5. The Research Problem 5.00
6. Feasibility of a Study 5.00
7. Methodologies - the quantitative paradigm & the qualitative paradigm 12.00
8. Data Collection 12.00
9. Data Analysis 6.00
10. Interpreting Outcomes 12.00
11. Proposals 6.00
12. Communicating Research Findings 6.00
13. Utilisation of Research in Nursing 6.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D & Elliott, D 2007, Nursing & midwifery research: methods, critical appraisal for evidence-based practice, 3rd edn, Mosby, Sydney.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Brink, P & Wood, M 2006, Basic steps in Planning Nursing Research: From Planning to Appraisal, 6th edn, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Mass.
  • Minichiello, V, Sullivan, G, Greenwood, K & Axford, R (eds) 2004, Handbook of research methods for nursing and health science, 2nd edn, Prentice Hall Health, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.
  • Nieswiadomy, RM 2008, Foundations of nursing research, 5th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Polit, DF, Beck, CT 2008, Essentials of Nursing Research Methods. Appraising evidence for nursing practice, 7th edn.
  • Roberts, K & Taylor, B 2002, Nursing Research Processes: an Australian perspective, 2nd edn, Nelson Thomson Learning, South Melbourne.
  • Taylor, B, Kermode, S & Roberts, K 2006, Research in nursing and health care: evidence for practice, 3rd edn, Thomson, South Melbourne.
  • The Library holds several nursing research texts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 135.00
Project Consultations 6.00
Tutorials 14.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LITERATURE REVIEW - ASSESS 1 25 25 17 Sep 2012
RESEARCH METHOD - ASSESS 2 25 25 22 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Tutorials are scheduled for this course. It is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must submit and attempt all assessment pieces and achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for that assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks/grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The final exam is 'restricted'. Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  3. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  4. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.