Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


In this course the student will be required to develop higher order thinking skills involving identification of research problems, selection of research techniques, evaluation of a variety of data forms and critical analysis. They will be required to explore and develop skills in the application of research methods relevant to the research project they are undertaking. They will also be required to undertake an exploration of a research method other than that which is being used in their research project. The student will be required to present a seminar on the alternate research design.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. The capacity to identify research problems;

2. The ability to select appropriate research techniques;

3. The capacity to devise and employ effective and creative strategies in problem solving;

4. The ability to communicate effectively using abstractions, theorisations and case study material including the ability to write effectively using a variety of appropriate styles.


In this course the specific focus will be on the development of a research proposal.

This includes:

  • the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary for the identification of research problems;
  • the selection of research techniques;
  • the evaluation of data forms; and the conduct of critical analyses.

Students will be directed to participate in relevant short courses including the use of Endnote, STATA or N-Vivo offered through the Research Branch and Library Services.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent degree, with evidence of high academic achievement.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment Research proposal *

Participation: Seminar Working with Others/Teamwork *

Presentation: Seminar presentation *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

On-Line from Callaghan

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term

To be arranged via appointment with the course coordinator and/or supervisor

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Week for Full Term