NURS13117 - Research in Health Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to the research process and elements of qualitative and quantitative research methods and elements of statistics frequently used in health related research. Ethical and moral issues related to the importance of protecting human rights during research will be identified and strategies used to prevent harm as a result of health research will be addressed. Further, you will explore the application of research to practice in supporting the health needs of clients. It is a requirement of this unit that you have access to the CQU website and Internet.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: Min 48 Credit points successfully completed in the Course

Anti-Req: CQ23 students

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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 10%
2. Written Assessment 10%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Portfolio 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

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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: Unit Coordinator
Self Reflection
In general, the opportunity this course offers students to examine/investigate/research areas in the health field that have challenged their preconceptions on topics and issues has been received well. The value of the progressive assessments that build upon each other to make the creation of a research portfolio in the final assessment outcome, provides another learning experience for the students wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding within their field of study.
Action Taken
The 4 progressive assessments continue to build upon each other thereby fulfilling the recommendations.
Source: Student Email
Student Feedback
Student feedback for T1: "Lovely, thank you very much. I have enjoyed this course." "I just wanted to say 'Thank you' for all your help. You always got back to me so quickly when I had questions. The course was not too easy, but it was well laid out and interesting and the material was helpful. I wish there were more teachers like you, friendly, helpful, caring and always there when help is needed." No student feedback received for T2.
Action Taken
No student feedback received for T2 due to no enrollments.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Display understanding of the research process.
  2. Critically evaluate the research literature.
  3. Organise data collection and analyse data at an introductory level.
  4. Describe the significance of analysed data.
  5. Display knowledge of potential for human harm related to health research.
  6. Develop strategies to prevent harm as a result of health research.
  7. Analyse current practice and identify opportunities to incorporate research in practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 10
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
1 - Written Assessment