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NS5366 - Practice Development Project

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Students will be asked to identify a topic of interest or concern in their workplace; conduct a literature search on the chosen topic; generate a range of possible ways of improving practice in relation to the chosen topic and assess their evidential bases; and submit a written report, including the rationale for the topic, a short literature review, a summary of the practice development strategies available and their evidential bases and a brief plan for implementing change based on the evidence.

Learning Outcomes

  • to conduct a literature search and write a systematic review;
  • to critically assess aspects of their workplace practices;
  • to assess the evidence for particular standpoints or practices in client care;
  • to locate resources and data relevant to practice issues;
  • to make evidence-based recommendations for change in practice settings.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically;
  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to plan, conduct and manage research in their discipline.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Lea Budden
Lecturer: Professor Colin Holmes.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.