Individual 2,000 word report (50%)
Topic Identify a research question and review the literature to see what evidence exists and how well your question is answered.
Length 2000 words (+/-10%)
• In-text references are included in word count.
• Reference list is excluded from the word count.
• Words in template (216) are excluded from word count
Value 50% of the total marks for NSG2NMR
SILOS 2, 3, 4, 5
Please refer to the correct submission date for your cohort
Cohort A1: 0900, 7 November 2019
Cohort A2, B1 & B2: 0900, 24 October 2019
Format A template has been provided for use for this task.
References References are required. References should be in APA 6th referencing style.
The aim of Assessment Three is for you to identify a clinical issue and propose a research question about this clinical issue. You are to then to conduct your literature search and determine whether there is existing evidence to answer your clinical question.
Once you have identified a research question you will need to:
1. Conduct a literature search using Medline/CINAHL databases (at a minimum) and identify literature relevant to the research question. Append the search history from your two database searches to the assignment.
2. Write a Literature Review that describes what is already known about the research question. (NOTE: in addition to papers located from your database search, additional reports/ guidelines can also be accessed and included in your Literature Review).
3. Consider how well the existing literature addresses your research question? (Consider if your research question has been fully answered, partially answered, or not answered at all)
4. (a) Identify what further research could be conducted (and its characteristics such as design, sample, outcome measures) that might provide important information to answer your research question AND (b) what are some ethical considerations that apply to these possible research studies.
The research question may be in response to a clinical issue you have observed or queried while on clinical placement from your other subjects. It might be from the content in your other subjects that left you wondering ‘why do we do it like this’? It might also be something you have observed through your own firsthand experiences with the healthcare system.
Your question might be a very specific example of one of these general types of enquiry:
• Why do we do it like that? (e.g., Is there evidence to support the routine removal of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVC) 72 hours following insertion?)
• Why don't we do it differently (e.g., Does patient education pre operatively impact on patient outcomes?)
• What evidence supports providing care in a particular way (e.g., Is a 4 hourly repositioning regimen frequent enough to prevent patients developing pressure injuries?)
• What evidence is there to support using certain assessment tools (e.g., Is there evidence that the introduction of the national graphic observation chart has increased nurses recognition and response to the deteriorating patient?)
• Is there emerging evidence or a change to practice that could enhance outcomes? (e.g., Does “alarm fatigue” among nurses in critical care increase the risk of complications among patients?)
HINT: Whatever clinical issue you select, it will be important to keep the research question specific and it should be presented as a question (with question mark on the end)
General Instructions for Assessment 3
The SILOs associated with this assessment task include SILOs 2, 3, 4, 5
For further clarification of the grading criteria and mark allocation, refer to the Assessment 3 rubric.
Submission: To Turnitin via the LMS site for NSG2NMR. Please utilise the Template that has been provided on the LMS site. The document you submit to Turnitin should include the reference list and your search history should be included as an appendix. You do NOT require a coversheet for this assignment.
• Penalties as per the La Trobe University Policy will be incurred after the due date/time.
• Applications for extension must be received 72 hours (3 days) prior to the due date/time.
• In accordance with University policy, because this assessment is worth more than 20%, it is eligible for remarking. Applications for remarking must be submitted within 10 days after the release of the final Assessment 3 grade.
Originality: The assessment should be a product of individual and original work. You may discuss the assessment with other students and your Workshop Facilitator whilst you are in the process of developing an understanding of how you will interpret the topic, but each student is expected to submit an individual assessment. Refer to the University webpage on academic integrity (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/learning/academic-integrity )
Turnitin: The University uses text matching software, Turnitin, to analyse similarity between published material and student assignments. The software also matches to other student assignments. All students are required to submit their individual assessment to Turnitin, by the due date/time; assessments will not be graded until the Turnitin report is available to Facilitators. You will have an opportunity to submit assessment drafts to Turnitin to check the similarity index for issues with paraphrasing and citation, and make amendments if required, before finalising the assessment by the due date/time.
Your assessment must be submitted to Turnitin via the LMS site for NSG2NMR and under your own access code (otherwise it will be attributed to the person who logged onto the LMS site). The report on your first submission will be available almost immediately, but reports on subsequent submissions can take 24 hours to process.
Document format: The assignment should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document using the template provided. Turnitin will NOT accept Pages documents (i.e., the format created on Macs). Please convert your file format if you need to.
Penalties: Late submissions shall be penalised in accordance with La Trobe University’s policy and procedure on ‘Late Submission of Tasks’
(https://policies.latrobe.edu.au/document/view.php?id=148) . All assignments received more than FIVE days after the due date/time will not be accepted. A score of '0' will be recorded. The assignment will NOT be marked.
Assignments submitted within FIVE days of the due date/time will have the penalty subtracted after the assignment grade has been determined. Weekend days, public holidays, and University holidays are not counted as days overdue. Penalties for late work that has had no prior approved extension will be calculated as follows:
Submission by due date/time: no penalty
• Within 24 hrs (1 day) after the assignment was due: subtract 5 marks
• Within 48 hrs (2 days) after the assignment was due: subtract 10 marks
• Within 72 hrs (3 days) after the assignment was due: subtract 15 marks
• Within 96 hrs (4 days) after the assignment was due: subtract 20 marks
• Within 120 hrs (5 days) after the assignment was due: subtract 25 marks
After 120 hrs (5 days) after the assignment was due: not accepted. Not graded. Score of '0' given. Penalties do not apply to approved extensions.
Application for Extensions: Extensions need to be applied for within 72 hours (3 days) of the due date (and time). Weekend days, public holidays, and University holidays will not be counted within the 72 hours - you must allow a full 3 working days to process your application. Applications are to be submitted online - no paper submissions will be accepted. Students with a Learning Access Plan (LAP) and Elite Athletes who require an extension still need to complete this request if an extension is required so we can be informed of your submission intention. An extension is not automatically granted.
You will receive a reply from a member of the Subject Coordination team about the outcome of your extension so that you can plan accordingly. If an extension is granted, the late submission policy and same penalties will apply to the revised due date.
Remark procedure: All assignments that receive a score of less than 50% will be remarked. This is indicated in your general comments. Additionally, members of the teaching and coordination team moderate some assignments for each facilitator to ensure consistency across the subject. If your assignment has been moderated, this will be indicated in your general comments.
Students can request a remark for assignments worth 20% or more of their grade for the subject. Remarks must be sought with good reason. The University has formal policies and procedures regarding the re-mark of student work at the student’s request. The process to be followed to seek a remark is as follows:
1. First, discuss your queries or concerns about the grading of your assignment with your Facilitator. Contact your Facilitator by email to organise a meeting or phone discussion. The review must take place within 10 working days of the publication of the result. The Facilitator will discuss your performance in the assessment task with reference to the grading criteria and will also check that the result has been calculated correctly but will not re-mark the work. This is an opportunity for you to understand why you have gained or lost marks, not to negotiate a different mark.
2. If you are not satisfied with the response at this meeting then you have a further 10 working days to apply in writing to the Subject Coordinator (Dr Charne Miller) for a re-mark of the assignment. The application for re-mark must:
• Include evidence that the assignment has been reviewed by the Facilitator
• Report the result of the review
• Explain the grounds on which the re-mark is sought.
A student may request a re-mark of an assessable piece of work only on the grounds that the original assessment: i) was biased; or ii) failed to follow the published assessment criteria or grading scheme for the assessment task. The student must provide evidence to support the grounds claimed. Access to the University Procedure is via this link: https://policies.latrobe.edu.au/document/view.php?id=207