NURS 4009 Readings and Methodology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400201

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Description This unit will broaden and deepen students understanding of research methodologies and develop research skills in order to apply these to a specific B Nursing (Honours) research project.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline General Nursing

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4529 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

Assumed Knowledge

A basic knowledge of research methods at undergraduate level or equivalent is required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate a research methodology and develop a coherent research proposal and plan
  2. Evaluate specific data collection method(s) and analyses
  3. Identify and devise strategies to ensure rigour/validity/reliability of a planned study
  4. Identify potential ethical dilemmas and devise strategies to mitigate risk

Subject Content

1. Research methodology and research design
2. Data collection method(s) and analysis
3. Planning to ensure Rigour/Validity and Reliability
4. Use of ethical principles in the conduct 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
Essay: Research Proposal 2,500 words 60 N Individual
Essay: Ethical Dilemmas and Risk Management 1,500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Wood, M. J., & Ross-Kerr, J. C.. (2011). Basic steps in planning nursing research: From question to proposal (7th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett

Teaching Periods


Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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