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NURS20168 - Research Methods in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the theory of knowledge and its relationship to the nursing, midwifery and social sciences research processes. You will examine a range of research paradigms and methodologies in both quantitative and qualitative research. From these foundations you will develop the skills and knowledge required to produce a research proposal, including ethical considerations, methods, data collection, data analysis and the presentation of your research outcomes.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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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 Postgraduate 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. Essay 40%
2. Research Assignment 60%

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%).

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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.

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Feedback
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.
Recommendation
Feedback has been considered and more regular Zoom sessions will be added to the unit in term 1 2020.
Action Taken
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the influence of cultural, social and institutional perspectives on the construction of knowledge
  2. Explain the influence of differing perspectives of knowledge on research methodology
  3. Design research questions using qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  4. Explain the research process
  5. Apply and interpret simple data analysis processes to quantitative and/or qualitative data
  6. Evaluate the rigour of quantitative and/or qualitative research studies.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Essay
2 - Research Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Essay
2 - Research Assignment