University of Technology Sydney

C09018v6 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (BN(Hons))
CRICOS code: 015936F
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


This course provides the opportunity for eligible graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing to extend their skills and understanding of the research process. It emphasises the reciprocal relationship between nursing research and the contexts of nursing practice.

This course provides Bachelor of Nursing graduates with the opportunity to develop training in clinically focused research. The course deepens students' understanding of the importance of research in nursing.

Course aims

The purpose of the course is to enable graduate nurses to conduct research relevant to nursing in any of its dimensions. It aims to develop students' skills in using research designs and methodologies, and to reinforce their understanding of the crucial role of research in the evolution of the discipline of nursing. Students also develop academic writing skills to produce a dissertation.

Career options

Career options that graduates may undertake include registered nurse in a clinical specialty supported by their research project work, such as critical care, or roles such as nurse educator or manager. However, graduates are also well-prepared to undertake postgraduate research degrees or begin a career as a researcher.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Embody a professional disposition committed to excellence, equity and sustainability
1.1 Demonstrate a professional identity which acknowledges the value of the nurse as a therapeutic agent
1.2 Demonstrate the characteristics and skills required for professional engagement and effective lifelong learning
1.3 Assume a leadership role, self-initiate and evaluate, manage change and take responsibility within scope of practice
1.4 Accept professional accountability and responsibility for quality and safe care concomitant with scope of practice
1.5 Exhibit moral, ethical and honourable professional practice and promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage and injustice
2.0 Engage in person-centred care that is appropriately sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and communities
2.1 Practise person-centred, holistic care in which all aspects of the patient's wellbeing are considered
2.2 Respond equitably and appropriately within diverse settings to the needs and interests of people from diverse backgrounds
2.3 Advocate for the rights of the individual patient, family or patient group
2.4 Promote the use of preventative health strategies to reduce the risk of disease and/or ameliorate severity of illness
3.0 Communicate and collaborate effectively and respectfully with diverse groups
3.1 Communicate fluently and effectively for safe therapeutic and collaborative practice
3.2 Appreciate the value of communication to negotiate and create shared understandings as well as to develop and sustain professional relationships
3.3 Speak, read, write and listen effectively and with sensitivity to different audiences and contexts
3.4 Communicate in a culturally safe and appropriate way
4.0 Inquire critically to assess a body of evidence to inform practice
4.1 Demonstrate information literacy and technology skills and effectively apply these in the exercise of clinical judgement
4.2 Evaluate and apply effective and creative solutions to the improvement of nursing practice and patient care
4.3 Inquire critically to apply knowledge for the purposes of patient and professional education
4.4 Comply with intellectual academic writing practices and use information ethically, legally and respectfully
5.0 Competently apply knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective nursing practice
5.1 Demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, technical abilities and the skills expected of a new graduate nurse and meet or exceed the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for registration as a nurse
5.2 Practise effectively within the regulatory frameworks, standards and codes of practice
5.3 Use contemporary clinical information technologies to manage patient information and optimise the provision of safe and high-quality care
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

All applicants must be eligible to graduate from a Bachelor of Nursing program from UTS or another tertiary institution at the time of application (followed by successful completion). Applicants must be registered as a nurse in their country of citizenship or residence at the time of enrolment (exemptions to this rule may be sought from the Bachelor (Honours) Selection Committee in exceptional circumstances).

All applicants must have a weighted average mark or grade point average of credit or higher for their bachelor's degree. Applicants are admitted to the honours course only if appropriately qualified academic members of UTS: Health staff are available for supervision of the dissertation component.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course may be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 48 credit points. Students complete one 12-credit-point subject and two 18-credit-point Dissertation subjects.

Course completion requirements

92291 Nursing Honours Dissertation 1 18cp
92292 Nursing Honours Dissertation 2 18cp
92618 Health Care Research Methodology 12cp
Total 48cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Research administration officer
telephone +61 2 9514 4834

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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