Minor Thesis

Subject NURS70003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 6 hours of lectures, 12 hours contact through LMS, 12 hours supervision and independant study per Semester
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours per semester for 2 semesters


Must achieve a minimum of 70% in NURS90103 Research in Practice



Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended that students enrolled in this subject would have completed or are completing suitable research coursework subjects, such as Research in Practice (NURS90103)

Non Allowed Subjects:


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 think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Nick Santamaria



Subject Overview:

Students work with a research supervision on a small research project (Minor Thesis). The minor thesis should demonstrate the student's achievement of foundational research skills. The minor thesis is equivalent to 50%.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to initiate a self-contained research project and to formulate a viable research question;
  • a capacity to conduct and report research on a small-scale, closely-defined project;
  • an ability to evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature in the student's field of research;
  • well-developed problem solving skills;
  • an ability to manage research information effectively and efficiently in the application of computer systems and software;
  • a capacity to articulate their research in written presentations;
  • an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of research;
  • a respect for intellectual integrity and for the ethics of research and scholarship;
  • an appreciation of the ways in which research equips the student to offer leadership in a particular area.

The minor thesis will be 12,000 to 15,000 words. The overall structure of the thesis will depend on the nature of the research undertaken.

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Specific texts will be recommended by the subject coordinator at the commencement of the subject in each semester.

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 communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.
Links to further information: http://nursing.unimelb.edu.au

This subject is worth a total of 50 credit points and has been divided into 25 credit points per semester for 2 semesters.

Related Course(s): Master of Advanced Nursing
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)

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