NURS20174 - Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a quality improvement research project in your professional practice related to health, safety or wellbeing. As you undertake your quality improvement research project, you will be mentored in the processes of data collection and analysis, reporting your findings and formulating recommendations to enhance practice. You will be encouraged and supported to disseminate your research findings to your peers and others via presentations and by publication.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: NURS20173 Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 1

Corequisites: NURS20167 Literature Review in Health, Safety and Wellbeing and NURS20168 Designing Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Science

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 3 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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. Project (research) 70%
2. Presentation 30%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% 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 feedback/Lecturer feedback - via email
Student engagement - teaching a new unit to low enrolments allowed a more in-depth level of student engagement that may not always occur with a larger cohort. This was further enhanced by the student taking the opportunity to make the use of on-campus support along with regular online interaction.
It is important in a post-graduate unit to promote student engagement even with larger cohorts to enhance study adherence and to build relationships that encourage the student to meet learning tasks and timelines. Although on-campus support will not always be feasible for many online students, it is worthy to note that if this opportunity arises due to their location, it can provide them with a more tangible learning space.
Action Taken
Online "Drop-in" Q & A sessions will be scheduled throughout the term to allow students to fine-tune their individual projects so that they can achieve their full potential in the practical application of the research plan.
Source: Student email
I have been encouraged to learn so much about research here. Your lectures were thorough and easy to understand.Your passion for education is what motivated me throughout the course. I have learnt so much from you and my nursing skills and research have improved immensely thanks to you [the Lecturer].
Continue to provide lectures but on a more regular schedule to support students.
Action Taken
Source: Student email
Thank you so much for all your guidance and support in our research unit. I have found it quite challenging at times but you were easy to contact [Lecturer] and get support from especially with the data analysis.
Continue to provide lectures but on a more regular schedule to support students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct an ethically approved research project
  2. Collect and analyse research project data
  3. Disseminate research findings and recommendations to a broader audience.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Project (research)
2 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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
1 - Project (research)
2 - Presentation