NURS20171 - Nursing and Professional Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your confidence and competence as a registered nurse. In this unit you will critically appraise your clinical environment, nursing decisions and professional practice. You will develop advanced clinical skills - assessment, intervention, evaluation - in the care of people in clinical settings.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
2. Portfolio 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.91% 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: SUTE
The learning materials that are uploaded were so interesting and informative. I really enjoyed the podcasts, videos and articles that were shared with us. It gave me access to some really interesting material that I probably would have never come across otherwise.
Continue to provide a range of relevant material.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Marking rubrics - can be confusing with the Assessment task sheet.
The rubric will be amended for consistency and clarity in the future.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
The weekly module setup was concise and not complicated and directed you to the relevant and specific resources to assist further learning.
Promote the Week 1 Zoom session and the Introduction to the Unit tile so that future students can navigate Moodle.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the four governing paradigms of nursing - nursing knowledge, law, ethics, and the profession - to the development of a professional identity
  2. Analyse and apply psychosocial, ethical and legal considerations in clinical decision making
  3. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills in clinical evaluation and the implementation of evidenced based nursing interventions in clinical settings
  4. Reflect critically on self to identify strengths and areas for professional improvement.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 8