Course Title: Using Research in Nursing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Using Research in Nursing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Mr Adam Searby

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.001

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will review the research methods used to inform the professional practice of nursing. You will learn to analyse and critically appraise literature that provides an insight into contemporary nursing care and supports the delivery of care for complex nursing issues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

PLO 3: Maintains the capability for practice

PLO 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.

 On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the research process that underpins the evidence base for nursing practice
  2. Discuss and critique commonly used research designs that inform health care practice
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise the literature related to complex nursing issues
  4. Review the role of research in health policy and decision making practices

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, seminars, team-based learning and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your research knowledge and its application to clinical nursing practice and health policy development.

Flexible learning activities will be utilised within this course and may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts and Lectopia/ Echo360, and Blackboard discussion board.

Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of research as it relates to nursing and health care practice. You will be expected to participate in team-based learning and in doing so contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate.

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semesterwhich will consist of face to face lectures, tutorials and online materials

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester self-directed study and time used to prepare for assessment tasks

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all material chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia, Discussion Board or workshops. These learning modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.  Readings for tutorials for critical appraisal activities. 

Jirojwong, S., Johnson, M., & Welch, A. (Eds.). (2014). Research Methods in Nursing and Midwifery: Pathways to Evidence-based Practice. (2nd Ed.). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Team Based Leading of Critical Appraisal of a Journal Article

During tutorials students will elect to lead a week of discussion arising from group reading and critique of an article provided.

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Individual Literature Review

Each student will select a topic / area of nursing practice or healthcare related to the speciality elective they have chosen (Acute Care,, Dual Diagnosis, Medical Surgical, Paediatrics, Palliative Care), conduct a search for evidence on the topic and provide a brief overview of the evidence (2000 words).

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 3: My topic in Six Minutes and Abstract

During a seminar at the end of semester students will hand in a 250 word abstract of their assignment and present their assignment findings using 3 slides in 6 minutes.

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4