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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester B 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ann Kempe


This unit examines foundations of knowledge for nursing practice. Knowledge generation through research, and the application and dissemination of that knowledge, are central themes of this unit. The development of a research culture as the cornerstone of professional nursing is emphasized. Research processes from various traditions are examined and their specific relevance to nursing in diverse practice settings is explored. The significance of evidence-based nursing in the context of the contemporary health care environment is highlighted. As a key feature of this unit, knowledge transfer and translation is examined in primary, acute and rehabilitative settings. Strategies for health promotion through teaching are developed through exploration of theoretical concepts and practical application in the clinical environment.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss the concept of knowledge generation in professional nursing;
  2. critique theories of learning;
  3. describe methodologies and principles of research relevant to nursing practice;
  4. demonstrate the generation of knowledge through the conduct of research;
  5. recommend strategies for the dissemination of knowledge to facilitate improved health outcomes;
  6. identify strategies for the translation of research evidence to nursing practice;
  7. develop and implement plans for health teaching and promotion;
  8. reflect upon, and evaluate self-performance in terms of the delivery of quality nursing care, and;
  9. develop increasingly autonomous practice in accordance with ANMC Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other professional standards.


Evidence summary (5,000 words)(60%)
Health teaching/promotion plan (2,000 words)(20%)
Health teaching/promotion session (20%)
Clinical practice assessment (Pass/Fail)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Rebecca Vanderheide

Contact hours

Students will be on campus for seven weeks in this semester as the other seven weeks will be spent in clinical practice. One of those weeks are included in this unit. The weekly on campus workload requirement for the unit will be: Lectures (6 hours), Tutorials/ workshops (3 hours), Online learning activities (2 hours) over seven weeks. In addition, students will be required to undertake 195 hours self-directed learning over the semester.


NUR9011, NUR9022