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HNN727 - Research in Nursing and Midwifery

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Anastasia Hutchinson





Incompatible with:

HNN722, HNN728

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit will enable students to develop increased understanding, knowledge and skills in a range of research methods and approaches relevant to applied research. It will also enable students to develop a critical understanding of the nature, scope and purpose of research within clinical practice contexts.

They will be able to formulate relevant, appropriate and rigorous research questions, strategies, methods, data collection, analysis and dissemination approaches to address a chosen topic that addresses an issue (or issues) in their clinical setting. They will also enhance their understanding of strategies used to translate evidence into practice. They will also develop their research presentation skills using a variety of media: written reports, PowerPoint presentations, online video presentations.

HNN727 will provide Masters of Nursing students will a background to the common research methodologies that are commonly used in health care research and an introduction to the core skills that are required to develop an investigator-initiated research projects.

Core topics covered in this unit will include:

  • Development of a research question and conducting a literature review using discipline-specific databases;
  • Skills in critical appraisal of research evidence (relevant to both Quantitative and qualitative research designs);
  • Evidence-based practice (EBP) and levels of evidence;
  • Ethical principles underpinning conducting research with human participants;
  • Governance requirements when undertaking research involving human participants in a clinical context;
  • An introduction to Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed-methods approaches to study design;
  • An introduction to data analysis techniques used in quantitative and qualitative research;
  • An introduction to the methodologies used in translational research projects;
  • Skills in developing a research proposal, ethics submission and project plan to conduct a research project in a clinical context;
  • An introduction to written communication skills relevant to preparing research reports, conference presentations and journal articles for academic journals; and
  • Development of digital communication skills required to present research proposals, and research output to colleagues in clinical and academic contexts.


Assessment task 1: Online digital presentation (5-8 minutes) 15%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (3000 words) 20%

Assessment task 3: Online digital presentation (10-12 minutes) 15%

Assessment task 4: Written assignment (4000 words) 50%


Hurdle requirement

Satisfactory completion of the Deakin University, Office of Research Integrity, Human Research Ethics online Training

Prescribed texts

Creswell, JW 2009, Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, 4th edn, sage, Thousand Oaks.

Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D & Elliot, D (eds). (2013), Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, 4th edn, Mosby-Elsevier, Sydney

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