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HSC8070 Health Masters Project A

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Health Masters Project A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sharon Rees


Pre-requisite: HSC8050 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MOHH or MNSG
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: HSC8060

Other requisites

Students must have completed a minimum of 6 courses in the MNRS including HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences before commencing this course. Students need to complete HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences; HSC8060 Research Project Design and HSC8070 Nursing Masters Project A prior to enrolment in HSC8080 Nursing Masters Project B


An important outcome of Masters level study is that learners should be able to design and execute independent projects that consolidate, build upon and/or apply the capabilities developed through their program of study in their workplace. This course, taken at, or towards the end of the program, is part of a 'capstone experience' that enables students to synthesise the knowledge and skills developed in earlier courses of their program into an approved research project focused on a key aspect of their interest or specialisation. The independent project is commenced in HSC8070 and completed in HSC8080


This is the first of two courses that contribute towards the Nursing Masters Project. HSC8070 and HSC8080 must be taken in consecutive semesters. With guidance from a member of academic staff as supervisor, the student will plan and design an independent [research or evaluation] project which relates to their overall program of study. The project will lead to the preparation of a substantial written report presented at an appropriate scholarly standard. This report may be in the format of a paper for publication in an approved academic or professional journal. Project reports must reflect mastery of the content of current literature and of knowledge and skills developed by the learner through this program of study. This course will operate on the basis of frequent individual consultation and feedback between the student and the staff member nominated as the study supervisor. Before enrolling in the course, students are advised to discuss their proposal with the course examiner who will allocate a supervisor for the project. Implementation of the project will be facilitated and critically reviewed through ongoing learner-supervisor interaction and negotiation. NOTES
1. This course is available through INTERNET DELIVERY ONLY. There are no print materials for this course.
2. For details of the technical requirements and accessing internet study materials please consult the following


The course objectives define the students learning outcomes for a course. The assessment items that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parentheses. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to plan, design and implement an independent in-depth research/evaluation project or other scholarly activity focused on a health related research question, issue or topic of significance in the student's field of study in the masters program (All assessment).
  2. demonstrate the ability to report the outcomes of that investigation in the form of a formal report, or paper for publication that reflects the appropriate academic standards of scholarship and
    presentation (All assessment)
  3. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (All assessment)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The topic of the project will be developed in collaboration with the course examiner and an academic supervisor approved by the course examiner. (For example projects may include: Original research project; Systematic review; Clinical audit; Clinical policy development, as agreed with the supervisor and course examiner). 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
To be deterimined by the students supervisor.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 130.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROGRESS REPORT 100 100 22 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course however, the student it is the student’s responsibility to participate in all activities scheduled for them including meetings with their supervisor. 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 the progress report satisfactorily, students must obtain a pass from the Examiner.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 both this course and HSC8080.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Students will be awarded the grade of IIP (Incomplete - in progress) at the end of this course provided they demonstrate, via the Progress Report, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by satisfactorily completing the requirements negotiated with the Supervisor and approved by the Examiner. When the independent project has been assessed in its entirety, the grade of IIP will be changed to the final grade. For example, if the student receives an HD for Masters Project B, then the grade of IIP for Nursing Masters Project A would be changed to an HD.

  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 there will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. This should be sent to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request from the Examiner to do so.

  3. The examiner may, in consultation with the Program Coordinator, grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. The Progress Report, shall include satisfactory completion of the requirements negotiated with the Supervisor and approved by the Examiner to the minimum required standards in relation to the objectives of the course.

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

Other requirements

  1. IT requirements
    Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the
    minimum and recommended standards for software.