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NURS5044: Exploring Nursing Practice

Semester 2, 2021 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The unit will address characteristics of the registered nurse role and how specialty-focused nursing practice impacts on patient care. Students will undertake an exploration of the accuracy of data and information used to formulate evidence-based practice. In particular, students will explore the research evidence that supports contemporary clinical nursing practice and examine how this evidence can be used to deliver clinical nursing practice to different patient groups. To investigate the evidence base for nursing practice, students will examine in detail an area of current relevant practice. This topic will be related to their own contemporary practices and students will investigate the evidence base and how this supports or changes current practice.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Christopher Gordon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assessment 1: Nursing practice proposal
Written assessment
0% Week 03
Due date: 24 Aug 2021 at 23:59
250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment hurdle task Assessment 2: Review
Written assessment
35% Week 07
Due date: 21 Sep 2021 at 23:59
2000 words maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Presentation hurdle task Assessment 3: Presentation and summary
Presentation - online or face to face, dependent on teaching permission.
35% Week 08
Due date: 05 Oct 2021 at 17:00
20 minutes and 1-page summary
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Assessment 4: Case study analysis
Written assessment
30% Week 12
Due date: 03 Nov 2021 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Assessment 1: Nursing practice proposal: Students will choose a focused area of contemporary clinical nursing practice that will be explored in detail throughout the semester.
  • Assessment 2: Review: Select two primary research articles directly related to the chosen area of contemporary clinical nursing practice. These can be either qualitative or quantitative research articles. Each research article review should be no longer than 500 words, with the objectives of the study, the setting and sample, method, results and conclusion requiring 250 words only. The critique for each article should be approximately 1000 words.
  • Assessment 3: Presentation and summary: Students will present a clinical practice evidence-based summary of the focused area of contemporary clinical nursing practice to peers during class time (or online). This presentation will be supplmented with a concise one page summary of the literature. The research evidence can be derived from many sources, such as primary research articles, reviews, and evidence-based guidelines. There are specific guidelines about how to the presentation and evidence-based summary should be crafted.
  • Assessment 4: Case study analysis: Students will provide a case study profiling a patient from the clinical area that is relevant to the chosen area of clinical practice. The case study will be drawn from a patient whom the student cared for in clinical practice, with the clinical nursing practice topic area being one component of the patient assessment or management.

Please note: Each student is required to submit/attend all assessment items in order to pass this unit. Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 02 On-campus study day Lecture and tutorial (7 hr)  
On-campus study day Lecture and tutorial (7 hr)  
Week 08 On-campus study day Lecture and tutorial (7 hr)  
On-campus study day Lecture and tutorial (7 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance and participation requirements: Students undertaking this unit of study are required to attend four on-campus study days which are supplemented with online and group activities.
  • Referencing style: The Sydney Nursing School has adopted the American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style. This is an author-date style of referencing. You are permitted to use either the 6th or 7th Edition however it is important you remain consistent with the chosen edition.
  • Assignment formatting guidelines: Unless the unit coordinator has indicated otherwise, please make sure your submitted assessments are formatted as follows:
    • font: use Calibri or Times New Roman in 11 - 12 point
    • double line spacing
    • margins: 2.5cm each side
    • use page numbers
    • refer to assessment instructions for use of title and headings

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critique primary research and compilations of this research by examining the plausibility of the information
  • LO2. undertake an in-depth exploration of the evidence-base related to an area of contemporary clinical nursing practice, and identify the limitations of the research
  • LO3. investigate the impact of contemporary clinical nursing practice on the provision of patient care in clinical settings
  • LO4. synthesise different forms of evidence related to nursing practice, and critically analyse the credibility of the practice in relation to the evidence.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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