NURS20175 - Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with advanced knowledge of normal homeostatic mechanisms and the pathophysiological basis of common health disorders and injuries. You will explore the impact of the common safety concerns of persons receiving nursing care - across various clinical settings. You will apply the Registered nurse standards of practice to the person centred nursing care of those receiving health care. You will have the opportunity to review, critique and refine the planned nursing care of person's receiving nursing care .


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

Students must be enrolled in CL22 Master of Clinical Nursing to undertake this 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 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. Poster Sessions 40%
2. Portfolio 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%).

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 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.67% 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: emails
Students view of the course was good. There was no negative feedback.
The course was reviewed and minor changes were made, in relation to the number of forum discussions, which on top of the assessments, proved to be onerous.
Action Taken
The number of forum discussions decreased in Term 1 2019 with good effect resulting in students having more time for in-depth reading and application of new knowledge. Student's view of the course resources remains high .
Source: Discussion at industry sites and Zoom sessions
It was good that the number of discussion forums was cut back. The Zoom sessions were seen as beneficial and students voiced their opinion that they would like to see more of the Unit Coordinator in Zoom sessions.
In 2019 the discussion forums were cut back as requested by students as they had felt pressured to attend when they had a number of other competing demands. To address this the recorded Zoom sessions were increased to fortnightly to facilitate engagement with students and minimise their stress. Maintain regular (fortnightly) contact with discussion postings.
Action Taken
Source: Discussion at partnered industry sites.
Students suggested that the portfolio was 'hard work' although they recognised the need for an eportfolio.
Recommended that students document their experiences as they happen, while they are still fresh in their memory to prevent the stress arising from completing the entire portfolio at the end of term.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the metabolic, biophysical and cognitive changes that lead to a person requiring nursing care.
  2. Explore the impact on people receiving nursing care, of common safety concerns in various settings - hospital, home, community.
  3. Apply the Registered nurse standards of practice to the person centred nursing care of people receiving nursing care in different settings.
  4. Critically review and enhance the planned nursing care of the person receiving healthcare to optimise health outcomes.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Poster Sessions
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
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8