Investigative Methods for Clinical Practice

Course code NURS6090Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course discusses the principles and assumptions underlying nursing research, provides an opportunity to critically examine research methods. In this course you develop your capacity to use and evaluate research through a focussed review of current research evidence in a topic related to your practice. This is a mandatory course in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice), Master of Applied Management (Nursing), Graduate Diploma in Midwifery and Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesStudents will develop:

1.Increased awareness of the use of research to address clinical questions;
2.An appreciation of the use of research into nursing or midwifery practice;
3.Advanced literature searching skills;
4.Critical appraisal, analysis and report writing skills; and
5.Skills in the evaluation of clinical research publications.
ContentIntroduction to systematic reviews and evidence-based practice
Quantitative methods
Qualitative methods
Clinical questions for review of related research
Advanced literature searching
Critical appraisal skills and tools
Report writing.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to assess and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay
Other: (please specify)Discussion Board Postings
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term