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Foundations of Research Literacy CNA920



This unit commences with a broad historical view of the emergence of science, philosophy of science, logic and reasoning. It then focuses on the major research underpinnings such as: realist vs subjectivist perspectives, incorporating epistemology and ontology; abduction, induction and deduction in ontology; and axiology. This will provide a framework to enable the candidates to discuss methodologies and methods for designing and conducting research.The unit will provide the candidates with an understanding of: Basic applied translational research; Methods, Methodology and evolution of methodologies; the qualitative-quantitative continuum; critical, positivist, and interpretive paradigms and approaches. This unit provides the foundation to developing critical skills to the application of knowledge to research practice.


Unit name Foundations of Research Literacy
Unit code CNA920
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing

Kenneth Walsh

Teaching staff

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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