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Concepts of Nursing 2: Research and Professional Responsibilities NUR244


The concepts of ethics and research underpin our professional frameworks and have established nursing as one of the most trusted professions in Australia. In this unit you will extend your understanding of core legal and ethical concepts, relevant to practice to further enhance your understanding of professional frameworks and responsibilities. You will explore your own values and your role as a moral change agent in the health care setting. The important field of research ethics will be critically examined as the bridge that spans legal and ethical principles into the closely inter-related domains of research process, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation. You will explore the research paradigms, methodologies and methods that nurses use to build disciplinary knowledge, with a strong emphasis on the interpretation of research data and research findings, leading to the provision of evidence-informed and person-centred care.


Unit name Concepts of Nursing 2: Research and Professional Responsibilities
Unit code NUR244
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Elaine Crisp
Available as an elective? No
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Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Nursing Study Period 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Nursing Study Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Nursing Study Period 3 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 3 18/9/2023 9/10/2023 30/10/2023 10/12/2023
Nursing Study Period 2 29/5/2023 19/6/2023 10/7/2023 20/8/2023
Nursing Study Period 1 30/1/2023 22/2/2023 16/3/2023 30/4/2023

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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

  • Explain professional and practice responsibilities and analyse their implications for practice.
  • Critically reflect on your own values, attitudes and understanding to enhance the development of your identity as a member of the nursing profession
  • Identify research paradigms and explain how research is used to underpin ethical and evidence-informed nursing practice.
  • Interpret and analyse information and research data to support improvements to quality and safety in nursing practice.
  • Critique the quality of evidence and adopt effective written and verbal communication skills to clearly convey your position.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,746.00

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Teaching Pattern

The unit is fully online and provides you with opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous interactions – peer to peer, student to teacher and teacher to student. You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.
You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with instructors and peers and consolidate your knowledge of the online presentations and readings. The format and content of these sessions will be advertised through MyLO announcements.

Whilst the unit calendar provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives. In addition to MyLO, you will be required to use an electronic platform to support your learning journey, through developing your professional portfolio to display your work.

On graduation, you will continue to have access to your professional portfolio.

AssessmentResearch Report - Searching for evidence (20%)|Research Report Presentation (40%)|Discussion Board Interactions (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Atkins K, de Lacey S, Ripperger B & Ripperger R. (2020) Ethics and Law for Australian Nurses. 4th Edn. Cambridge University Press. UK.

Greenhalgh, T, Bidewell, J, Crisp, E, Lambros, A & Warland, J 2020, Understanding research methods for evidence-based practice in health, 2e, John Wiley & Sons, Qld. 


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