Course Title: Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: NURS5290C

Course Title: Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:  Pam Maher

Phone:  9925 4299


Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of the Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse to demonstrate nursing practice in a contemporary health environment using research skills

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN514B Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment


1. Identify a need for research into health issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Monitor issues in nursing practice to identify potential areas for research
1.2 Identify issues relating to principles of best practice and quality management in practice as potential areas for research
1.3 Work with an awareness of factors that influence health care and may benefit from research


2. Identify client-related issues in participating in research

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify physical and emotional support needs of clients to be involved in research
2.2 Identify individual client values and perceptions in relation to participating in research
2.3 Identify the emotional and physical needs of family and significant others in supporting the client to participa


3. Undertake a critical analysis of planned research

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify ethical and cultural considerations when planning nursing research
3.2 Identify appropriate research methodology to address the research topic, type of data collection and analysis to be undertaken and potential uses of the data
3.3 Analyse the implications of the research in relation to validity, efficacy and cost effectiveness


4. Develop a research proposal in consultation/ collaboration with others

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Conduct a literature review and analyse the results
4.2 Select an appropriate methodology and data collection process
4.3 Ensure ethics approval for research is obtained as required
4.4 Develop a schedule of events and funding required
4.5 Outline validation and evaluation strategies
4.6 Describe data analysis rationale and method
4.7 Develop a response to possible barriers to the research
4.8 Describe the method of dissemination of research finding


5. Participate in nursing research

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Apply an appropriate research approach to nursing practice within the scope of the Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse
5.2 Apply appropriate ethical principles and practices in relation to consent and confidentiality of research information
5.3 Use nursing research methodologies and resources appropriately
5.4 Participate in data collection for nursing research
5.5 Contribute to research toward continuous improvement programs

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

  • Understand the need for health research
  • Plan and participate in Nursing & Health Research
  • Understand and demonstrate the link between health research and best practice principles

Details of Learning Activities

Class Power points

Class activities

Group Work

Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1  What is Ethics in research

Lesson 2  Critical Analysis

Lesson 3  Develop a Research proposal

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kozier and Erb's  Fundamental of nursing (2014) 3rd Ed. Pearson:Australia (3 Volume set/shrink wrap)


Other Resources




Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge for this unit of competency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Group class presentation
  • Written Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Part A:  Individual Literature review

Assessment Part B & C: Research proposal & Poster

Assessment Matrix

See assessment matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Assessment Information

Please refer to the RMIT assessment policies for, special consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments.


Re-submission of assessment

One further opportunity to demonstrate Clinical Lab competence, will be provided to students if not deemed Satisfactory at the time of clinical assessment.

Re-submission of Written work, or other assessments , (once only. Excluding Exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval by Program Coordinator.


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