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HNN732 - Clinical Research Methods

Unit details

Year2016 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:

Bernice Redley


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 explore the application of research evidence and use of research methods in their clinical practice and role in service delivery. They will critically appraise the broad range of evidence and research designs available to inform clinical decision making and service delivery by the nurse practitioner. Students will demonstrate their capacity to locate and evaluate the quality of evidence drawn from multiple sources; they will also integrate knowledge with reflective practice for critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis. They will identify and investigate variances or gaps in their own clinical practice for investigation and contribute to new knowledge to promote best possible health care outcomes for their patient/client and improved health care delivery through collaboration in research.

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 2 (3000 words) 60%

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