Course Title: Research and apply evidence to practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5365 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Research and apply evidence to practice

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 65

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term2 2018


Bundoora Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term2 2018

Course Contact: Jaye Keating

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4845

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work.


This course applies to health and community service workers who need to research existinginformation to support and improve their work practice. It does not cover primary research.


This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit of competency 

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice


1. Plan information gathering activities

2. Gather information

3. Analyse information

4. Use information in practice

Learning Outcomes

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT laboratories.

You will be are instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and role-play. Skills development is supported by lectures on theory and underpinning knowledge, classroom discussions, group work, research and reflective practice.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Plan information gathering activities.

    1.1 Identify situations where research may be required to support and improve own work practice

    1.2 Evaluate current trends in own area of practice

    1.3 Establish and define research objectives

    1.4 Identify and access credible sources of data and evidence

  2. Gather information.

    2.1 Evaluate and select methods of gathering information

    2.2 Gather information using a systematic approach

    2.3 Establish relevance of information according to objectives and work requirements

    2.4 Facilitate analysis by organising information in a way that supports its analysis and future use

  3. Analyse information.

    3.1 Prioritise information based on the information need

    3.2 Compare and contrast different sources of information

    3.3 Assess the strength, relevance, reliability and currency of the information in the context of own work

    3.4 Assess the feasibility, benefits and risks associated with the information

    3.5 Make and document conclusions based on findings

  4. Use information in practice.

    4.1 Assess ways in which different aspects of information may be used

    4.2 Use information and learning from research to identify potential areas for change in current practice

    4.3 Identify issues that require further research and evaluation

    4.4 Develop actions to address outcomes of research

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Research report 1 (group)

This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Research report 2

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

You will be are provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task.

Feedback is provided on each assessment.