Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Julia Morphet


This unit provides students with the opportunity to encounter a challenging research environment through the interaction of philosophical paradigms and extension of theoretical knowledge and acquisitions of skills to facilitate the undertaking of a research project. The unit will build upon knowledge gained in core undergraduate research units. Students will be allocated a research supervisor to begin formulating research questions and methodology for subsequent study.


At the completion of the unit the student will be expected to:

  1. evaluate and utilise appropriate philosophical foundations of research;

  1. distinguish and critique quantitative and qualitative methodologies;

  1. develop and utilise research skills in the following areas:-

a. advanced online searching

b. documentation management

c. data collection methods and analysis;, and

  1. begin formulating research question and proposed study.


Two pieces of assessment -
Seminar - (Power Point presentation to staff and HDR students regarding the proposed piece of research, including preliminary research questions, and how a research methodology can assist to answer them) 40%

Critique of a research method(s) re answering the proposed research questions, includes literature review (publishable standard) (3,550-4000 words) 60%

Chief examiner(s)


NUR2001 or NUR1201


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Practice or Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing,
NUR2001 or NUR1201