Prudence and Nursing Research

Course code NURS2283Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course is designed to introduce students to evidence based health care and nursing practice. It explores the nature and history of the evidence based practice movement, and the links between evidence, clinical decision-making and quality of care. Main areas of study are epidemiology, research design and processes, and the issues associated with translating research findings into practice.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable students to:
1. Compare and contrast scientific research and intuition, experience, routine, habit & myth;
2. Describe the core characteristics & philosophical foundations of positivist, interpretive and critical research;
3. Explore the nature and history of the evidence based health care movement;
4. Debate the significance and impact of evidence-based practice in nursing;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of epidemiology in health, including the basic elements of the epidemiological profile of a population; such as disease rates, morbidity, mortality, incidence and prevalence;
6. Demonstrate basic understanding of common types of quantitative research designs (survey, experimental, quasi experimental, cohort, case control) and essential steps in the research process;
7. Demonstrate basic understanding of common types of qualitative research designs (action, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography) and essential steps in the research process;and
8. Demonstrate a beginning ability to appraise and evaluate research studies, using relevant criteria.
ContentModule 1: Evidence and practice - Questions, searching and reviews
Module 2: Evidence and practice - Appraising and recommending best practice
Replacing Course(s)NURS2020
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAll 1000 level BN courses and NURS2182
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Best practice Evidence Summary (BPES) (60%)
Presentations - ClassIn-Class Presentation of Systematic/Critical Review for BPES (10%)
Quiz - On-lineOnline Quiz(30%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for NURS2283