Course Outline

NUR721 Research in Health Care

Course Coordinator:Jeanine Young ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2024Semester 1


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Understanding and implementing evidence-based health practice (EBP) is an imperative for all health care practitioners. In this course you will build on undergraduate research knowledge to develop a critical understanding of the approaches, methods and procedures involved in generating rigorous research knowledge. You will investigate and critique EBP guidelines and the issues that surround the implementation of evidence in healthcare.  You will learn about the procedures required to approve and support research, applying their knowledge by developing a research proposal.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching recording. Self directed learning. 4hrs Week 1 5 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online tutorial workshop (synchronous online) 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Information session – Zoom drop in sessions 1hr Week 2 11 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to research and evidence based practice

  • Research foundations

  • Research proposals

  • Approaches and methods

  • Reporting and dissemination

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Analyse and describe the relationships among health research and evidence-based practice (EBP). Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Critique the assumptions underpinning research approaches that are commonly used in healthcare research. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methods and processes commonly used in healthcare research. Creative and critical thinker
4 Apply knowledge of procedures required to conduct and support healthcare research by developing a research proposal in a specific, relevant context. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC723, SC713, SC742, SC423 or SC420


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress


Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 20%
500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 30%
2000 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Written Piece Individual 50%
2500 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Written assignment: Form a research question
The goal of this assessment is to develop and deepen your knowledge about finding a potential research topic and proposing a research question.
Product: Written Piece
Present a research question with a brief discussion which includes a 
• Rationale for choosing your research question, supported by current evidence
• Identification of the elements of the research question including: PICO: Population, intervention, comparison, outcome
PICo: Population, phenomenon of interest, context
No. Learning Outcome assessed
The structure of the research question
The rationale for the question
1 2
Information literacy skills: use of sources and citations
Written presentation including use of research terms structure and grammar, application of referencing style (APA 6th edition)
All - Assessment Task 2:Annotated bibliography and evidence evaluation
The goal of this assessment is to critique evidence in peer reviewed research articles to develop and deepen your knowledge about a potential research topic.
Product: Written Piece
Prepare a 2000 word written assignment excluding references and appendices) using the template provided. You will include:
• Annotations for 10 peer reviewed research journal articles (Follow the annotation structure provided on CANVAS)
• An appraisal of each source using one of the appraisal tools/checklists provided on the CANVAS site/Assessment/Task 2 folder 
• Summary of the key findings from the review with respect to a research question
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appraisal of the peer reviewed journal articles consistent with selected appraisal tool
1 3
Discussion of the evidence from the articles appraised
1 2 3
Structure and clarity of the annotations
Written presentation including use of research terms structure and grammar, application of referencing style (APA 6th edition).
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Research proposal
The goal of this assessment task is to apply your theoretical research knowledge to develop a research proposal for your chosen research project.
Product: Written Piece
The proposal will be 2500 words. In the proposal, you will apply methods and procedures suitable to conduct research into your research question and you will apply relevant ethical principles to the proposed research. Your proposal will adhere to the APA (7th ed) style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of the assumptions underpinning the research approach chosen for the research question.
Application of a selected method to the research question
3 4
Application of procedures to conduct the research.
2 3 4
Application of research ethics principles to the proposed research.
2 3 4
Information literacy skills: use of sources and citations.
Written presentation including use of research terms, grammar, application of referencing style (APA 7th edition)

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Introduction to research and evidence based practice
Online learning
Research foundations
Online learning
Research proposals
Online learning
Approaches and methods
Online learning
Reporting and dissemination
Online learning

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Edited by Pranee Liamputtong 2021 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice 4th Edition Oxford University Press

Specific requirements

You will require a computer and access to the internet to access materials for the course in CANVAS and to interact with Library resources which are a key component of this course.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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