Investigative Methods for Clinical Practice

10 Units

This course discusses the principles and assumptions underlying nursing research, provides an opportunity to critically examine research methods. In this course you develop your capacity to use and evaluate research through a focussed review of current research evidence in a topic related to your practice. This is a mandatory course in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice), Master of Applied Management (Nursing), Graduate Diploma in Midwifery and Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop:

1.Increased awareness of the use of research to address clinical questions; 2.An appreciation of the use of research into nursing or midwifery practice; 3.Advanced literature searching skills; 4.Critical appraisal, analysis and report writing skills; and 5.Skills in the evaluation of clinical research publications.


Introduction to systematic reviews and evidence-based practice Quantitative methods Qualitative methods Clinical questions for review of related research Advanced literature searching Critical appraisal skills and tools Report writing.

Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to assess and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay
  • Other: (please specify) - Discussion Board Postings
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6090
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