Clinical Inquiry & Nursing Research

Subject 514-755 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures, 12 hours online tutorials
Total Time Commitment: In addition to the subject contact hours, students are expected to devote approximately 6 hours a week to this subject.


Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Sanchia Aranda


School of Nursing and Social Work
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to meet the needs of nurses to retrieve, critically appraise and utilise nursing and other related research as an evidential base for practice. This subject provides an overview of research methodologies that will equip students with a broad appreciation of the many aspects of clinical research, including ethical and quality issues. The subject will develop student skills and knowledge allowing participants to undertake a team-based research project in the following year.


At the completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • develop searchable questions arising from clinical problems and issues;
  • identify common research and evaluation methods and practices;
  • identify appropriate sources of information for relevant questions;
  • demonstrate skills in searching electronic databases;
  • demonstrate skill and understanding in critically appraising research using relevant appraisal frameworks;
  • apply evidence in the clinical setting to address patient problems or clinical issues;
  • demonstrate skills in formulating and planning a research project.
  1. 2,000-word critical appraisal of a recent research article relevant to nursing (Week 5) - 40%
  2. 2,000-word group research project plan (Week 11) - 40% (Group mark, maximum of 6 per group)
  3. 1,000-word written assignment (Week 12) - 20%
Prescribed Texts: Melnyk, B., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (Eds). (2005). Evidence-based

practice in nursing and healthcare. A guide to best practice.

Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • planning and time management skills;
  • the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.
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Notes: This subject has a multi-media tutorial component delivered via the University's on-line Learning Management System (LMS). Students must have access to appropriate computer facilities and the Internet.
Related Course(s): Master of Nursing Science

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