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HNN732 - Clinical Research Methods

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: H645, H665, H666, H667, H672, H675, H676, H771, H773, H776 or undertaken as a single unit of study

Unit chair:

Melissa Bloomer


For H773 Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) students: HNN730, HNN731, HNN780, HNN704, HNN781, HNN749

All other approved courses: Nil




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Students will be challenged to integrate critical analysis of multiple types of available evidence and knowledge of research design to analyse problems affecting their practice as a nurse practitioner. They will also be challenged to explore opportunities to contribute to evidence to inform clinical decision making by the nurse practitioner to promote best possible health care outcomes for the patient/client, as well as outcomes for the clinician and the service. It is expected that students will have the capacity to identify variances in their own clinical practice for investigation and strategies to contribute to new knowledge and improved health care delivery through collaboration in research and research ethics. The application of research and the role of nurse practitioner is supported by reflective practice encompassing critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis.


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • Role of research in health services and clinical care;
  • Critical appraisal of research evidence; evaluating research methodologies and designs; evaluate social, economic, cultural and ethical research practices;
  • Strategies to locate, appraise and synthesise the best available evidence from a wide range of sources to address gaps or variances in contemporary health care practices/ service delivery;
  • Bringing together complex and/or multiple elements to plan, conduct, evaluate, recommend and implement best practice using principles for ethical conduct of research; and
  • Strategies for research translation; use of research to inform evidence based practices; enhance clinical judgement in healthcare settings.

This unit is a core unit of the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner). In addition to the academic requirements and assessment tasks listed below, students who plan on applying to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner, are required to:

  • Undertake 20 hours of approved clinical placement per week in each trimester of study in the course.
  • Successfully complete at least one Clinical Competency Assessment Tool (CCAT) linked to this unit.
  • Continuously maintain the Professional Portfolio, details of which are provided on the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) course site.


Assessment task 1: Online multimedia presentation (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (3000 words) 60%

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