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NUR3060 Nursing Research

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Jillian Brammer
Moderator: Clint Moloney


Pre-requisite: (CMS1008 and MAT1008 and NUR1140 and NUR1120 and {Co-requisite or Pre-req NUR1200}) or (CMS1007 and NUR1140 and NUR1120 and {Co-req or Pre-req NUR1200}) or (CMS1007 and NUR2010 and NUR1020)

Other requisites

BNUR (Pre-Reg) students may only enrol in the EXT mode with the permission of the examiner.


Nurses are expected to effectively utilize Nursing Research and actively participate in the Scholarship of Nursing. This course with its theoretical base and applications provides students with opportunities to prepare themselves for their roles in scholarship and research in Nursing.


The course provides an introduction to the role of research processes and scholarship activity in the Nursing profession. Content includes an examination of the research process and methodologies (qualitative and quantitative). Issues of validity, reliability, sampling, generalisation and application of findings are addressed from the research consumer perspective. The professional nurse's role in the dissemination of knowledge is examined as a scholarly expectation.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the various research approaches;
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by identifying appropriate basic techniques to collect and analyse data at a beginning level;
  3. describe the link between theory, education and practice to nursing research;
  4. Identify procedures for adhering to ethical principles and protecting study participants;
  5. demonstrate achievement of professional scholarship skills such as scientific writing, formulation of a research proposal and the critique of published research studies;
  6. demonstrate written communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing and submitting a literature review and critique;
  7. demonstrate correct Harvard AGPS referencing style.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Research Process 6.00
2. Critiquing scholarly/research articles 12.00
3. Ethical Considerations 6.00
4. Literature Review 12.00
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 6.00
9. Data Analysis 6.00
10. Interpreting Outcomes 12.00
11. Proposals and Final Reports 6.00
12. Communicating Research Findings 6.00
13. Utilisation of Research in Nursing and evidence-based practice 6.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D & Elliott, D 2007, Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods and 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.
  • Nieswiadomy, RM 2008, Foundations of nursing research, 5th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Polit, DF & Beck, CT 2010, Essentials of nursing research. Appraising Evidence for nursing practice, 7th edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Roberts, K & Taylor, B 2002, Nursing research processes: an Australian perspective, 2nd edn, Nelson, South Melbourne.
  • Taylor, B, Kermode, S & Roberts, K 2006, Research in nursing and health care: evidence for practice, 3rd edn, Thomson, South Melbourne.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LIT REVIEW - Assign 2 45 45 30 Apr 2012
RESEARCH METHOD - Assign 3 35 35 28 May 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, 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:
    To complete an assessment item satisfactorily, students must gain at least 50% of the marks available for that assessment item.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 to do so from the Examiner.

  3. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  4. 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.

  5. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.