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NS5201 - Research Design: Theory and Application

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Karen Yates
Lecturer: Mrs Helen Coxhead.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (60%); learning circle (20%); online quiz (20%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Geoffrey Clark
Lecturers: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Dr Marie McAuliffe, Dr Maude Chapman, Dr Geoffrey Clark.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (60%); learning circle (20%); online quiz (20%).

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