Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Anthony O'Brien and Dr Carole Gilmour


The unit provides students with the opportunity to implement the research proposal developed in NUR4402. Students will further develop a literature review, finalise ethical approval for their research, and collect, organise and manage the data for the study. With their research supervisors, students will explore a range of issues that can arise during the research process


  1. At the completion of the unit the students will be expected to:
generate a critical review of the literature and theoretical frameworks relevant to their field of study;
  1. accurately collect, manage and secure data for research activities;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of ethical and privacy issues as they apply to their research proposal;
  3. work collaboratively with a research supervisor to achieve research milestones (e.g. submission of ethics proposal);
  4. finalise the ethics approval process for the project;
  5. respond appropriately to the realities of research project issues including identification of a research site (or sites) and recruitment of participants;
  6. conduct a pilot study (if appropriate) to anticipate and address practical problems that may arise in the course of data collection;
  7. undertake data collection both accurately and ethically;
  8. discuss issues arising during the research process;
  9. demonstrate effective progress towards research plan;
  10. write to an academic standard by incorporating existing research findings and supervisor feedback; and,
  11. present research findings in a seminar context


There are two pieces of assessment
Research report (60%)
Seminar PPT (40%) - demonstrating evidence of data collation, analysis and interpretation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carole Gilmour


NUR4401, NUR4402


Only available to students undertaking Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing or Honours degree of Bachelor of Midwifery.