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NUR2300 Evidence Based Nursing Practice

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Evidence Based Nursing Practic
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nicholas Ralph


Pre-requisite: NUR1102


Contemporary nursing practice requires the use of evidence to improve health outcomes for patients, families, and populations. It is important for nursing students to understand the relationship between the generation of evidence and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.


In this course students are introduced to an evidence-based approach to delivering safe and effective nursing care including research process within empirical and naturalistic research paradigms to provide the foundation for understanding common research methods used in nursing and health care. Students acquire foundational knowledge regarding common nursing research methods, skill in conducting electronic database searches, the ability to critically read the scholarly literature, and an introduction to the application of evidence-based practice in nursing and health care. A brief introduction to qualitative and quantitative data analysis is provided to facilitate critical appraisal of research findings and recommendations.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Define evidence-based practice and identify key stages, principles, and processes of an evidence-based practice approach in nursing
  2. Define the research process and identify common research methods within qualitative and quantitative paradigms
  3. Describe the relationship between research and identify evidence-based nursing praxis
  4. Evaluate data and research findings
  5. Determine ways to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes by using an evidence-based practice approach to planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care
  6. Examine the issues and ethical considerations which impact on nursing and health care research


Description Weighting(%)
1. Evidence-based nursing practice 50.00
2. Research in the context of evidence-based nursing practice 50.00

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.
Students will be guided in accessing selected readings for this course.
The Library holds many excellent nursing research and evidence-based practice texts.
Course study desk provides links to course readings and other useful resources.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 80.00
Directed Study 60.00
Online Exercises 10.00
Online Lectures 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Test 1 10 10 14 Aug 2020 1,2,3,4,5
Written Assessment 1 40 40 28 Aug 2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Online Test 2 10 10 09 Oct 2020 1,2,3,4,5
Written Assessment 2 40 40 23 Oct 2020 1,2,3,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures) scheduled for them, and 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. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactory complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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 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 obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination 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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against the: internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

Date printed 6 November 2020