Course Title: Health Care Informatics and Research Critique

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Care Informatics and Research Critique

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 2, 2020 this Course will be titled 'Health Care Informatics and Research Critique'.

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1102

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

NURS1102

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

NURS2027

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

NURS2137

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian McGrath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7455

Course Coordinator Email: ian.mcgrath@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.003


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the application of information technologies in the healthcare setting and review the research methods and evidence-based practice 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, in addition to identifying the impact of information systems on nursing practice and potential future applications of information technology in nursing and health care will be explored. Lectures will explore the use of research both as a key feature of evidence-based practice, and as a means to achieve improvements in healthcare delivery. The ability to critically analyse literature and determine quality of evidence will also be covered. Modern health information systems will be discussed, with related issues such as data security explored in depth.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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 research literature related to complex nursing issues
  4. Define health informatics and discuss the use of information technology in nursing and healthcare


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, 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 Echo360, and electronic discussion board forums.

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: 48 per semester which will consist of 24 hours face to face lectures, 12 hours tutorials and 12 hours of online materials.

Learner Directed Hours: 72 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 selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Echo 360, Discussion Board or workshops. 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.

A library subject guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing

 

 


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

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

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Practice Research Assignment

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 3: My Topic in Six Minutes and Abstract

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4