NURS 4005 Midwifery Research

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Fiona Arundell Opens in new window

Description Research is a necessary undertaking toward the continued development of midwifery science and practice. The aim of this unit is to both broaden and deepen Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) students' understanding of various research methods and to extend their ability to discuss, appraise and critique the work of others. An awareness of available methodologies will prepare students to participate in their own research.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)

Assumed Knowledge

A basic knowledge of research methods at undergraduate level.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Undertake advanced and complex electronic searches of databases
  2. Critically appraise research articles, reports and grey literature
  3. Analyse and synthesise the literature relevant to a chosen area of research
  4. Apply critical reflection, reasoning and judgement to the literature in the field
  5. Effectively communicate, with confidence and knowledge, literature on a chosen area/topic

Subject Content

Overview of the research process and the scholarly review of literature
Articulation of the relationship between research, the midwifery profession, clinical practice and evidence-based care and/or interventions
Critical appraisal, analysis and synthesis of research reports and the literature
Application of critical judgement, reasoning and independent thought in writing/presenting a scholarly review of pertinent literature associated with a defined topic
Effective communication of research


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Review of Literature 2,000-2,500 words 55 N Individual
Response and Rebuttal to Reviewer Comments 1,000-1,500 words 35 N Individual
Presentation of Literature Review 15-minute presentation 10 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Fiona Arundell Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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