Course Title: Research and Context of Nursing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research and Context of Nursing

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Jones

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7417

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.7.04

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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Course Description

This course will provide you with an introduction to the foundations of research in nursing practice and the context of the professional nurse. You will begin to consider the nurse as a “consumer of research” and the role of research in Evidence Based Practice. You will develop the ability to use reflection in your professional practice and consider the concept of “knowledge” in nursing practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Objectives & Course Learning Objectives

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Consider the social context of the professional nurse and locate the contemporary registered nurse within the social milieu of healthcare
  2.  Discuss the role of research and knowledge in nursing practice as applied to the concept of Evidence Based Practice.
  3.  Review the notion of the nurse as a “consumer” of research.
  4. Demonstrate the use of critical reflection in nursing practice
  5. Define and frame the concept of ‘nursing knowledge’ using a philosophical approach.
  6. Identify valid research as the source of nursing knowledge

Learning Outcomes:
This course will provide you with an overview of the knowledge and context for your nursing practice.
This course will prepare you to

  • think philosophically about the concept of nursing knowledge
  • consider the social context of the professional nurse
  • identify valid research as the source of nursing knowledge

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts and Lectopia/Echo 360, and discussion board.

Lectures: 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 and nursing practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to 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 activity. 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. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.


Teacher Guided Hours:36 per semester which includes 2 hours of lectures and a 1 hour tutorial sessions per week

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester completion of online activities.

Assessments associated with this course require you to demonstrate critical analysis of the core principles presented over the semester. Assessments will comprise both formative and summative review of your learning and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your knowledge and application will be provided from peers and academic staff.

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 selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/echo360, Discussion Board. These 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.

Overview of Assessment

There are no hurdle requirements for this course.

 Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment: Diagnostic assessment - Academic Integrity Part A – Week 1 Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,5,6

Assessment 2: Academic Integrity Package
Short answer activities submitted online
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,5,6

Assessment 3: Essay (2,500 words)
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLO 2,3,4

Assessment 4 : Academic Integrity Test Part B - Week 12
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1,5,6