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NS5201 - Research Design: Theory and Application

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will assist the student in developing a base of knowledge fundamental to nursing and midwifery practice through the development and application of research. The subject builds on knowledge commonly taught in undergraduate research programs. Common research designs used in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery will be examined, with a focus on both methodology and methods. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to write a research question, develop aims and a hypothesis, and describe the process of constructing a systematic search strategy and an integrative review of the literature. The principles of ethical research will be discussed and the methods of data collection/generation and analysis will be identified and applied. Finally, avenues for the dissemination of research results will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify the influence of research on the disciplines of nursing and midwifery;
  • differentiate between research methodologies and research methods;
  • outline the process of conducting an integrative review of the literature;
  • discuss ethical considerations in relation to research conducted with humans;
  • describe each step of the research process;
  • design a research proposal to investigate a workplace issue.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.



Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Janelle James-McAlpine
Lecturers: Dr Marie McAuliffe, Dr Janelle James-McAlpine.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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