Courses & Units

Dissertation Part 1 CNA418


This unit is only available for students who have successfully completed CNA450, or are studying CNA450 in the same semester.


This is the first of three linked dissertation units. Students conduct research into a field of nursing practice which is informed and supported by a series of collaborative seminars and workshops that provide the student with a forum in which to critique and develop their own research and that of others. The seminars focus on the application of research knowledge and skills to the research being conducted. In this unit students will develop the research project that will be reported in the thesis submitted for examination in CNA474: Dissertation Part 3.


Unit name Dissertation Part 1
Unit code CNA418
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Russell James
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2023 22/11/2023 26/12/2023 18/2/2024
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify researchable problem/s and question/s that are relevant to nursing
  • Justify the proposed methodological and analytical research decisions through identification and critique of the evidence base relevant to the chosen research area
  • Apply foundational methodological skills to conduct a research study in an area of interest relevant to nursing
  • Make progress writing a dissertation which will have a length of between 8-14000 words. The dissertation will report the process and findings of the research project
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,031.00 $1,031.00 not applicable $5,492.00

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Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentResearch Plan and Timeline|Research Progress
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Schneider, Z., Whitehead, D., LoBiondo-Wood, G. and Haber, J., 2016. Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice 5th ed. Elsevier Sydney Australia.

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