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This unit introduces you to the construction of empirical knowledge in nursing, midwifery and social sciences. You will examine research paradigms and methodologies related to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. From these foundations, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to produce a research proposal, including ethical considerations, methods, data collection, and data analysis.
Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Co-requisite of NURS20173 - Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 1
Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit,
should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification.
Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability.
See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
Offerings For Term 2 - 2021
All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes –
in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory.
International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet
both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period
(satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).
This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task,
based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%,
or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must
also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task,
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Previous Student Feedback
Feedback, Recommendations and Responses
Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review,
the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.
Feedback from via Student email
This unit taught me so much. I was very new to research and have not studied for sometime and went into this thinking it may be a bit daunting, but I found the weekly Moodle content really good along with the Zoom sessions and it helped me build my research project plan really well.
Feedback has been considered and more regular Zoom sessions will be added to the unit in term 1 2020.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Reflect on different research paradigms and their relevance to personal worldviews and professional context
Construct and justify research question/s and their alignment with qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research design/s
Propose and justify the research methods for data collection and analysis to answer your research question/s
Discuss ethical considerations relevant to your research proposal.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
1 - Essay - 20%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Research Proposal - 50%
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
1 - Essay - 20%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Research Proposal - 50%
Textbooks and Resources
There are no required textbooks.
You will need access to the following IT resources:
CQUniversity Student Email
Unit Website (Moodle)
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