Courses & Units

Understanding Nursing Research CNA450


Understanding Nursing Research equips students with the skills and knowledge required to complete a rigorous research study. Students will develop a theoretical framework of inquiry through the critique of personal and societal assumptions upon which nursing practice and research is based. They will develop the ability to identify, critique and document the evidence base relevant to the chosen research area, identify researchable issues and questions, and design a research project.


Unit name Understanding Nursing Research
Unit code CNA450
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
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify researchable problems and questions that are relevant to nursing
  • Identify and critique the evidence base relevant to your chosen research area
  • Construct a critical literature review relevant to your chosen research area
  • Apply foundational methodological skills to conduct a nursing research project

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060301 $996.00 $996.00 not applicable $5,230.00

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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.

AssessmentPresentation (40%)|Literature Review (60%)
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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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