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Health Professions Masters Independent Study (SHP600)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, W-internal, W-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Most research in graduate coursework is undertaken over an extended period and activities include extensive literature reviewing and question formulation prior to finalising research design and conducting fieldwork. This project unit enables students to undertake preliminary formative work in preparation for a significant research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Students may use this unit to prepare in the area in which they intend to complete a dissertation, or to gain skills in a secondary area of interest.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students completing this unit can:
1. Analyse challenging and multi-faceted research problems
2. Critically evaluate research findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge
3. Communicate approaches and solutions, ideas and findings to informed professional and academic audiences
4. Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner
5. Explore current evidence and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or research question
6. Identify possible research questions and significance of potential projects in relation to current evidence.
Timetabled Learning Activities None, learning activities are planned in consultation with the supervisor.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is focused on self-directed research-related learning (with appropriate support from an academic/industry supervisor), although in some cases groups of students may conduct coordinated activities. Specific activities will vary according to the area of interest, but may include elements such as an extensive literature review, writing of a detailed project proposal, industry presentations, or communicating the aims and results of the project via seminars to peers and staff via written or oral formats. There are no formal classes.
Assessment Assessment in the unit is based on the student's performance in research related activities. Details of specific assessment tasks and their weighting will vary between offerings, and will be provided in detail at the start of individual offerings. It is therefore not possible to list specific assessment items here.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters, or permission of the Unit Coordinator, is required for enrolment in this unit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2530
e: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.058 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
MURDOCH: W-External
MURDOCH: W-Internal
Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2530
e: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.058 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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