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School of Nursing and Midwifery
CHIP915 Essential Skills for Health Researchers Autumn 2014
Section A: Subject Information
Credit Points: 6
Delivery Method: Flexible/Distance
Campus Locations: Wollongong
Name: Dr Sharon Bourgeois
Location: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Building 41, Room 111
Consultation mode and times: Availability is posted on the Moodle site
Telephone: 61 2 4221 5094
This subject has materials and activities available via eLearning. To access eLearning you must have
a UOW user account name and password, and be enrolled in the subject. eLearning is accessed via
SOLS (student online services). Log on to SOLS and then click on the eLearning link in the menu
For information regarding the eLearning spaces please use the following link:
Moodle – http://uowblogs.com/moodlelab/files/2013/05/Moodle_StudentGuide-1petpo7.pdf
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
(a) Critically discuss concepts, processes and designs for research
(b) Critically analyse and integrate the literature relevant to a study;
(c) Formulate a researchable question
(d) Compare and contrast strengths and limitations of various research designs
(e) Identify and address ethical issues relevant to a study and an ethics application
(f) Interpret study results within the context of the research approach used and the existing body of
knowledge relevant to the study
(g) Develop a research proposal that reflects the principles of research.
The University of Wollongong has developed five graduate qualities
(http://www.uow.edu.au/student/qualities/index.html) which it considers express valuable qualities that
are essential for UOW graduates in gaining employment and making an important contribution to
society and their chosen field. Student development of the following graduate qualities in particular
will be enhanced by their participation in this subject:
1. Informed: Have a sound knowledge of an area of study or profession and understand its
current issues, locally and internationally. Know how to apply this knowledge. Understand
how an area of study has developed and how it relates to other areas.
2. Independent learners: Engage with new ideas and ways of thinking and critically analyse
issues. Seek to extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection. Find and
evaluate information, using a variety of sources and technologies. Acknowledge the work and
ideas of others.
3. Problem solvers: Take on challenges and opportunities. Apply creative, logical and critical
thinking skills to respond effectively. Make and implement decisions. Be flexible, thorough,
innovative and aim for high standards.
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4. Effective communicators: Articulate ideas and convey them effectively using a range of
media. Work collaboratively and engage with people in different settings. Recognise how
culture can shape communication.
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