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NURS11159 - Introduction to Nursing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will expose you to the primary concepts surrounding the historical influence and evolving roles of contemporary nursing in Australia; including elements of professional governance, legal and ethical implications as well as communication principles.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CQ23 or CG41.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.86% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluations.
Feedback
ALC do not record their zoom sessions
Recommendation
ALC live lectures are not conducive to recordings as they are a workshop style. However the ALC will provides links on their Moodle page directly related to the workshop. Student who cannot make it to the zoom session are not disadvantaged.
Action Taken
ALC lectures are live. A request has been made for ALC to record lectures for term 2. Even though the live sessions are not recorded, all powerpoints and resources are available to the students via links in the NURS11159 moodle site to the ALC resources. Unit co-ordinators need to continue to emphasise the importance of this learning for academic success and routinely direct students to the resources offered by the ALC.
Source: Students evaluations
Feedback
Students would like more consistency in the feedback they receive from the markers
Recommendation
Lecturers attended ALC sessions with the students and passed on information relating to the marking of assessments to the markers at the moderation meetings. The moderation meeting was recorded so the markers could refer back at any time during the marking process.
Action Taken
Moderation meetings were held and recorded for all assessors for both assignment 1 and 2. This unit employed thirteen new casuals for this unit. Some of whom had no previous marking experience which may be attributed to this. For assignment 2 a clearer moderation process was followed with each assessor given a "cheat sheet" to demonstrate what was expected for each essay component. Exemplars for feedback to be used for individual markers to using "quick mark" for online marking through turnit in. A number of students indicated that the feedback was constructive and helpful. One students actually said; "My grading from assessment 2 was the best marking I have received. It told me how I can improve my assignment instead of just saying the things I did wrong. I feel as though this procedure of marking highlights to students how to consider specific aspects in assessment writing. Thank you for the honest and straight forward marking."
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students expressed how helpful it was to have the ALC sessions embedded in the unit work.
Recommendation
ALC will continue to embed information on academic writing and specific assessment tasks throughout the semester.
Action Taken
ALC is an important component in this first year unit. Academic writing, literacy and numeracy is aligned with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) professional codes, guidelines and polices to guiding Registered Nurses in their practice.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students felt that the ALC lectures should be recorded.
Recommendation
ALC is an integral component of the curriculum. Tutorials are live to enable student engagement. A request has been made for ALC to record lectures for term 2. All ALC lecture powerpoints are available for student access through NURS11159 and ALC moodle site. Unit coordinators need to continue to emphasise the importance of this learning for academic success.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students would like more consistency in the feedback they receive from the markers.
Recommendation
Unit coordinators will develop a comprehensive and clear marking rubric to guide markers. A set of Feedback Studio Quick Mark comments will also be provided to markers to increase consistency in feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Rockhampton students expressed that the teaching space influenced the student experience, especially for larger groups sizes.
Recommendation
Enrolment numbers for Rockhampton reviewed prior to timetabling.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students commented that the large images which were available on the term on LMS were cumbersome.
Recommendation
The moodle site for this unit has undergone significant redesign since term1 to enhance the student experience. As well as changing the images the following changes have been made to term 2 NURS11159 moodle site: 1. Visually more appealing and with a cleaner approach to foster a positive attitude to study and streamline resources available to students. 2. A table containing all zoom links for each tutorial to improve efficiency around finding the link. 3. Weekly content revised and reduced to eliminate repetition. 4. Weekly reading resources categorised into "essential" reading and "supplemental" reading. This is to improve the student experience and reduce the feeling of being "overwhelmed" by 10-20 resources each week. 5. Weekly tabs identifying the week's content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss historical and contemporary factors that have influenced the image, status and practice of nursing.
  2. Examine the principles of communication theory and professional communication in various mediums to provide accurate and concise information.
  3. Associate the role of professional governing bodies in relation to professional nursing practice, patient safety and governance.
  4. Apply basic principles of numeracy and literacy as they relate to medication calculations and professional writing.
  5. Explore the culture and diversity of nursing and respond appropriately to the opinions of others.

The Learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment