Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2) - Not available at Warrnambool

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,992 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Associate Professor Bernice Redley
Tel 03 9244 6807 or
Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code006227K
Deakin course code H421

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).

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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


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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Prospective students should note that selection as an Honours student depends not only on academic suitability, but also on the availability of a suitable supervisor for the research area, and the match of the research with the philosophy of nursing at Deakin.

Applicants will be required to have completed the Bachelor or Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration) or Bachelor of Nursing Studies (Postregistration) with at least a mid-credit average to be eligible for entry.

Applicants from other universities will be evaluated on an individual basis, but will be required to have completed a Bachelor of Nursing program and have achieved at least a mid-credit average to be eligible for entry.

No credit for prior learning will be given to applicants entering the honours sequence.  Students who have already completed substantial research should apply for the masters preliminary program rather than for honours.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Workload

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