Course Title: Introduction to Nursing Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Nursing Studies

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Ruby Walter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7429

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the foundations of nursing studies and the context of professional nursing. You will begin to consider the range of communication methods required to practise as a professional nurse. You will develop the ability to apply evidence in your professional practice and consider the concept of nursing knowledge.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes BP032 Bachelor of Nursing in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016):

  • PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
  • PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships
  • 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. Apply the principles of academic integrity to the acquisition of nursing knowledge
  2. Compare and contrast the various work contexts of the professional nurse
  3. Prepare written communication relative to the acquisition of nursing knowledge
  4. Identify and demonstrate appropriate features of oral communication relevant to specific scenarios in nursing practice
  5. Describe the basic principles of reflective practice and evidence their application in relation to particular learning tasks
  6. Solve numerical problems related to nursing practice

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 nursing practice.

Learning activities may include modalities such as recorded lectures, tutorials and Canvas discussion board.

Lectures: Recorded lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to nursing studies. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: The self-directed 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.

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.

RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.

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.  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

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Academic Integrity Microcredential

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Numeracy Assessment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 3: Oral Assessment related to therapeutic communication (video recording)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 4

Assessment Task 4: Essay (1,500 words)

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5