Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusNo
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code006227K
Deakin course codeH421

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Focusing on research, the honours year builds on the foundations established in your undergraduate degree. You will study a particular topic of personal interest in greater depth and create pathways to specialisations and further research or study. The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is a specialised year of study taken after the completion of a Bachelor of Nursing or combined degrees.

For entry into senior nursing and midwifery roles there’s now an increasing industry expectation for graduates with high-level research and evaluation skills. Honours offers you a competitive edge in the job market and is designed to provide you with the knowledge and research skills to undertake a postgraduate research degree, advanced professional training or to pursue diverse employment opportunities.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery offers research in areas influencing quality and patient safety in health care. These include: clinical risk and symptom management, chronic disease management, effective health delivery, health care ethics, decision making, aged care, midwifery and translational research.

Throughout this course you will gain a deep understanding of the philosophies, ethics and principles of research; knowledge of a range of research approaches; skills in data management, methods and tools for research practice; and skills in planning, implementing and reporting research studies.

This course will give you an understanding of how to develop a research proposal, from the identification of a research issue and literature review through to writing and submitting the proposal for approval by an ethics committee. You will undertake a research project and an individual research thesis in the area of nursing practice and develop evaluation and research skills in nursing practice and health service delivery.

You will be qualified for rewarding roles in all areas of nursing including acute care/sub-acute care, emergency, aged care, paediatrics and rehabilitation; in hospitals, government departments, district health services, the education sector, business and private industry. Alternatively, you may decide to undertake a research degree such as a research Masters or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Indicative student workload

You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree


Honours

For detailed information, particularly with respect to the selection of areas of study and availability of appropriate supervision, students should consult the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research planning and two units comprising an independent research project.

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Full time enrolment - two trimesters

Trimester 1

HBS400Research Methods

HNR412Research Planning in Nursing

Trimester 2

HNR410Research Project 1

HNR411Research Project 2

Part time enrolment - four trimesters (not available to international students)

Students may be able to complete in less than four trimesters - please contact your course enrolment officer.

Year 1 - Trimester 1

HBS400Research Methods

Year 1 - Trimester 2

HNR412Research Planning in Nursing

Year 2 - Trimester 1

HNR410Research Project 1

Year 2 - Trimester 2

HNR411Research Project 2

Students commencing in Trimester 2 - part time only - four trimesters

Year 1 - Trimester 2

HNR412Research Planning in Nursing

Year 2 - Trimester 1

HBS400Research Methods

Year 2 - Trimester 2

HNR411Research Project 2

Year 3 - Trimester 1

HNR410Research Project 1