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NUR3300 Clinical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Philip Norris


Pre-requisite: NUR2203 and NUR2204 and NUR2299
Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3300 if NUR2300 has been previously completed


Individuals have a right to effective, efficient and safe care. Contemporary healthcare practice requires the use of evidence to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations. It is important for healthcare students to understand the relationship between the generation of research evidence and the delivery of safe and effective care based on evidence. Knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice (EBP) is therefore critical to practicing healthcare professionals.

As per the BNSG Program Rules, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in a course. This program rule forms part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

This course builds on and provides knowledge regarding clinical inquiry, the principles of evidence-based practice, a framework for evidence-based practice and the skills to apply the evidence-based practice process in their everyday professional practice to deliver safe and effective care. Students are also introduced to common research methodology, designs and methods used in health to generate evidence, skills in conducting electronic database searches, and the ability to critically read, interpret, and synthesise the scholarly literature to formulate and articulate recommendations for practice.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify the notion of evidence and evidence-based practice, the evolution of the evidence-based practice movement, and strengths and weaknesses of evidence-based practice.
  2. Explain the research process and the links between research, clinical expertise, patient preferences and evidence-based practice.
  3. Define, compare and choose common and appropriate research methodologies, designs and methods to generate evidence and answer specific research questions.
  4. Assess and justify the strengths and weaknesses of a published paper, and its relevance to clinical practice.
  5. Apply key principles and elements in the evidence-based practice process to make and communicate safe, effective, and efficient clinical decisions for selected client or context problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Research, and Evidence-Based Practice 10.00
2. Clinical inquiry and context for practice (Assess) 10.00
3. Converting information needs into answerable questions (Ask) 15.00
4. Common research methodologies and methods 15.00
5. Finding the best evidence (Acquire) 15.00
6. Critically appraising the evidence (Appraise) 15.00
7. Integrating best evidence into practice (Apply) 10.00
8. Evaluating the process and the evidence in practice 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S., & Del Mar, C. (2017), Evidence-based practice across the health profession, 3rd edn, Elsevier Health Sciences.
(Available as an e-book from USQ library.)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz 1 No 10 1,3,4
Assignments Written Essay No 40 2,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz 2 No 10 1,3,4
Assignments Written Research (project) No 40 2,3,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022