401208-Research for Nursing and Midwifery

1 About Research for Nursing and Midwifery1.1 An Introduction to this UnitIn this unit nursing and midwifery students will develop a foundational understanding of research concepts thatinform analysis of literature and evidence based practice. These skills will broaden the students understanding of theimportance of research that underpins nursing and midwifery practice.1.2 What is Expected of YouStudy LoadA student is expected to study an hour per credit point a week. For example a 10 credit point unit would require 10hours of study per week. This time includes the time spent within classes during lectures, tutorials or practicals.AttendanceIt is strongly recommended that students attend all scheduled learning activities to support their learning.Online Learning RequirementsUnit materials will be made available on the units vUWS (E-Learning) site (https://vuws.westernsydney.edu.au/).You are expected to consult vUWS at least twice a week, as all unit announcements will be made via vUWS. Teachingand learning materials will be regularly updated and posted online by the teaching team.Special RequirementsEssential Equipment:Access to an internet enabled device is essential in order to be able to: access course materials; to participate indiscussion groups; and to access additional resources provided by the lecturer during the session. See http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/services_and_facilities/uwsonline_student_support forfurther information.Legislative Pre-Requisites:Not ApplicablePolicies Related to Teaching and LearningThe University has a number of policies that relate to teaching and learning. Important policies affecting studentsinclude: Assessment Policy Bullying Prevention Policy and Guidelines Enrolment Policy Examinations Policy Review of Grade Policy Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Special Consideration Policy Student Misconduct Rule Teaching and Learning Fundamental Code Student Code of Conduct2Academic Integrity and Student Misconduct RuleIn submitting assessments, it is essential that you are familiar with the policies listed above and that you understandthe principles of academic integrity. You are expected to act honestly and ethically in the production of all academicwork and assessment tasks, submit work that is your own and acknowledge any contribution to your work made byothers.Important information about academic integrity, including advice to students is available at https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/studysmart/home/academic_integrity_and_plagiarism. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself withthese principles and apply them to all work submitted to the University as your own.When you submit an assignment or product, you will declare that no part has been: copied from any other studentswork or from any other source except where due acknowledgement is made in the assignment; submitted byyou in another (previous or current) assessment, except where appropriately referenced, and with prior permissionfrom the Unit Coordinator; written/produced for you by any other person except where collaboration has been authorisedby the Unit Coordinator.The Student Misconduct Rule applies to all students of Western Sydney University and makes it an offence forany student to engage in academic, research or general misconduct as defined in the Rule.The University considers plagiarism, cheating and collusion as instances of academic misconduct. The Universityalso considers submitting falsified documentation in support of applications for special consideration, including sittingof deferred examinations, as instances of general misconduct. You should be aware that changes were made to theStudent Misconduct Rule commencing 1 January 2020 that provide for minimum sanctions that apply to certainconduct, including the provision of falsified documentation to the University.You are strongly advised to read the Student Misconduct Rule and the Inappropriate Behaviour Guidelines at thecommencement of each session to familiarise yourself with this process and the expectations of the University inrelation to work submitted for assessment.1.3 Changes to Unit as a Result of Past Student FeedbackThe University values student feedback in order to improve the quality of its educational programs. The feedbackprovided helps us improve teaching methods and units of study. The survey results inform unit content and design,learning guides, teaching methods, assessment processes and teaching materials.You are welcome to provide feedback that is related to the teaching of this unit. At the end of the semester you willbe given the opportunity to complete a Student Feedback on Unit (SFU) questionnaire to assess the unit. You mayalso have the opportunity to complete a Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) questionnaire to provide feedback forindividual teaching staff.As a result of student feedback, the following changes and improvements to this unit have recently been made: Assessment 2 has been changed from guided review of nominated literature to poster and rationale.32 Assessment Information2.1 Unit Learning OutcomesThis unit will contribute to completion of course level outcomes, Western Sydney University graduate attributesand the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice. Course level learningoutcomes can be accessed on your Unit vUWS Home Page.Research for Nursing and Midwifery unit is part of the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Graduate Entry andthe Bachelor of Midwifery courses. The unit provides the foundation for developing comprehensive, coherent andconnected knowledge in the nursing discipline and introduces and develops interaction skills which will be requiredby graduates in their work environments.Outcome1 Compare and contrast the major research paradigms, principles, concepts and processes that inform nursingand midwifery knowledge and practice.2 Explore the ethical considerations that must be incorporated within nursing and midwifery research.3 Demonstrates information literacy skills by identifying contemporary evidence based literature.4 Analyse and evaluate literature utilised as a basis for evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice.5 Discuss the translation of evidenced based research into nursing and midwifery practice.2.2 Approach to Learning Blended Learning Activity Blended learning activities have been embedded throughout the unit content toenhance the student learning experiences through the use of tutorials, clinical practice units, audio visual material,small group work, and online quiz material. Access to a computer and the internet is essential in order to be ableto: access course materials; to participate in discussion groups; and to access additional resources provided by thelecturer during the session. See http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current students/services andfacilities/uwsonline student support for further informationTutorial A tutorial is a small group activity that enables you to have lecture content explained by the tutor ifrequired. You will then be able to apply, explore and debate the content through interactive learning activities withother students.Group Work Group work enhances student learning. Through planned group activities, and discussion with otherstudents, you will have the opportunity to clarify your own thoughts and understandings of unit concepts. Group workalso offers the opportunity to cooperate in a team situation and to learn skills that will assist you to work effectivelyin a health care team42.3 Assessment SummaryThe assessment items in this unit are designed to enable you to demonstrate that you have achieved the unitlearning outcomes. Completion and submission of all assessment items which have been designated as mandatory orcompulsory is essential to receive a passing grade.To pass this unit you must: Achieve at least 50% when all assessment marks are totalled Complete and submit all assessment tasks at the required time and required academic standard Attendance at all classes is expected throughout the semester It is advisable to submit special consideration for missed non-compulsory classesItem Weight Due Date ULOs Assessed ThresholdParticipation (Online) x 7 20% 9am on submission date as scheduled onthe vUWS site1-5 NoPoster 30% Week 11, Monday 11th May 2020 at23.59 hrs1-4 NoFinal Exam 50% During formal Western SydneyUniversity examination period1, 2, 4, 5 NoFeedback on AssessmentFeedback is an important part of the learning process that can improve your progress towards achieving the learningoutcomes. Feedback is any written or spoken response made in relation to academic work such as an assessmenttask, a performance or product. It can be given to you by a teacher, an external assessor or student peer, and maybe given individually or to a group of students. As a Western Sydney University student, it is your responsibility toseek out and act on feedback that is provided to you as a resource to further your learning.52.4 Assessment Details2.4.1 Participation (Online) x 7Weight: 20%Type of Collaboration: IndividualDue: 9am on submission date as scheduled on the vUWS siteSubmission: Refer to Section 2.5 of the LG General Submission RequirementsFormat: Online participation 7 tasks, best 5 marks included in final marksLength: 30 minutes eachCurriculum Mode:RationalStudents are required to access seven (7) online participation tasks on vUWS to consolidate, enhance and evaluatelearning in this unit. Questions in these quizzes will be drawn from the content covered in modules and on-linereadings.DetailsEach online participation task will attract a mark out of four (4) and the students best five (5) marks will be includedin the final mark. The sum of these five (5) best marks will equate to 20% of the total marks available for the unit.There are seven online participation task. At least five (5) of the tasks must be attempted to count ascompletion of this assessment. Students who attempt four or less tasks will be at risk of a final Fail Non Submission(FNS) grade for this unit.Each quiz will be open for a seven (7) day period. Students can attempt each quiz one time only at any time duringthe 7-day availability period. After 30 minutes the task/ quiz will close and whatever questions have been answeredwill be submitted. You are strongly encouraged attend to the task early in the assessment period to avoid or resolveany unforeseen difficulties.If you experience technical problems whilst attempting the on-line quiz, please e-mail the Unit Coordinator/DeputyUnit Coordinator, 401208@westernsydney.edu.au at the time of the difficulty, so the problem can be rectified.No technical difficulties will be considered after the quiz has closed.For all other problems, please follow Western Sydney University procedures to apply for Special Consideration.62.4.2 PosterWeight: 30%Type of Collaboration: IndividualDue: Week 11, Monday 11th May 2020 at 23.59 hrsSubmission: Refer to Section 2.5 of the LG- General Submission RequirementsFormat: Research Methodology: Poster and RationaleLength: 1500 wordsCurriculum Mode:Assessment 2: Poster Weighting: 30%Word count: There is a word limit of 1500 words (Part A 500 words and Part B 1000 words). Use your computerto total the number of words used in your assignment. However, do not include the reference list at the end of yourassignment in the word count. In-text citations will be included in the additional 10%-word count. If you exceed theword limit by more than 10% the marker will stop marking at 1500 words (Part A-500 words and Part B-1000 words)plus 10%.Due Date: Week 11, Monday 11th May 2020 at 23.59 hrsSubmission details: You MUST use the template provided on vUWS under the Assessment 2 tab located on the left hand panefor both Part A (poster) and Part B (guided questions with rationale) Submit your assessment through Turnitin. Fill in the required information which correctly corresponds to the headings in the template provided The background section of the poster and responses to the guided questions with rational MUST be referenced(minimum five academic references) Footnotes may be used for referencing in the poster to save the space. A guide on how to footnote is locatedunder the Assessment 2 tab in vUWS The word limit for the poster is 500 words and for the rationale is 1000 The word limit allocated for eachquestion is only a guide and is based on the weighting of the marks for each questionMarking Criteria and Standards: See pages 9-10Aim of assessment:The purpose of this assessment is to enable students to;Develop a research project from the given topic area, highlight the significance, research question, conduct theinitial literature search and illustrate the proposed research methods in the form of a poster (Learning outcome 1, 3and 4).Explain the rationale of the selected research methodology including data analysis and its relevance to the proposedresearch project (Learning outcome 1 and 3).Details:Select from one of the topics below:For Nursing students onlyTopic area 1: Medication safety is an integral part of nursing and midwifery practice. Medicines are associated witha higher incidence of errors and adverse events than other healthcare interventions. In the interest of patient safety,measures must be undertaken to improve the safety and quality of medication administration.7Topic area 2: A healthcare-associated infection (HAI), is an infection that is acquired in a hospital or other healthcare facility. Healthcare-associated infections are one of the most common complications affecting patients in healthcarefacilities. Consequences of HAIs include; prolonged hospital stays and increased cost of patient care, as well asunnecessary pain and suffering for patients and in some cases death.For Midwifery students onlyTopic area: Breastfeeding is recognised as an important public health issue with enormous social and economicimplications. Infants who do not receive breast milk are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than breastfedinfants; mothers who do not breastfeed increase their own health risks.Part A: PosterDevelop a poster using the template provided on vUWS. In response to your topic area the poster must include thefollowing: Title A brief background (significance of selected topic) Research question (PICo/PICO) Database search Methodology Research design Participants Sampling strategies Data collection method Data analysis method ReferencesPart B: Guided questions providing the rationaleBased on the topic selected in your poster respond to the questions below using the template provided on vUWS;Provide the rationale for the choice of the research design (qualitative/ quantitative/mixed method) and itsrelevance to proposed research project (350 words)Provide the rationale for the selection of the participants (sampling criteria), sampling strategies and data collectionmethod and its appropriateness to the proposed research project (350 words)Provide the rationale for the selection of the data analysis method and why is it appropriate for the proposedresearch project? (300 words)ResourcesExamples may be available on the vUWS site.There are a number of textbooks and resources available through theWestern Sydney University Library that may assist you. Please refer to the units vUWS site for specific unit resources.8

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