Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Professor Marilyn Baird


This unit is designed to allow students to implement the research protocol developed in the context of the prerequisite unit Research in Advanced Health Care Practice. Students will develop skills in gathering data, interrogating it using acceptable analytical processes and developing an informed and defensible conclusion. Through an iterative and collaborative intellectual process with their supervisor, students will create a research report which they will communicate in written format to a wider professional audience.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Complete the collection of data in accordance with the norms of research informed investigation and the boundaries of any ethics approval.
  2. Organise, analyse and interpret data meaningfully and according to research norms.
  3. Synthesise critical arguments in relation to the existing literature about the topic.
  4. Demonstrate writing skills that meet the academic standards associated with a research informed investigation.
  5. Communicate research findings to a wider professional audience.
  6. Effectively manage time and resources to achieve pre-determined goals.


Mid enrolment oral presentation (20 minutes) (20%)
Final report (8,000 - 10,000 words) (80%)
Documented supervisory meetings (Hurdle)
Mid enrolment progress report (Hurdle)
Draft report (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

On-campus and Off-campus:
1 hour per fortnight consultation with supervisor either face to face or electronic,
11 hours per week directed research activities which may include on-line tasks (project dependent),
12 hours per week for self-directed study.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Nursing, Health professional education