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					                                    University of Ballarat
                               Master of Nursing (Coursework)

About the Nursing School
The School of Nursing at the University of Ballarat is progressive and vibrant. Innovative programs for nurses and midwives
are delivered at two locations, Mt Helen (Ballarat) and Horsham. Programs are carefully constructed and regularly evaluated
to provide a balance between theory and practice. The focus is on helping students to accomplish their learning needs. The
School has also been delivering programs in Hong Kong since 1996. The Bachelor of Nursing (Postregistration) enrolled
over 2,000 Hong Kong nurses in 29 intakes from 1996 – 2005.

Staff and students work in a dynamic, collegial environment, centred around the learning needs of students. The School
values its diverse student and staff base and students find that staff are friendly, approachable and willing to work with small
groups and individuals to help them achieve their learning goals. The School also has strong partnerships with health care
providers and other universities, providing students with breadth and depth of experience.

School of Nursing graduate programs are varied and focus on advanced practice and research. They range from graduate
diplomas in nursing, midwifery and paramedicine, to the Master of Nursing and PhD. The School delivers its postgraduate
programs flexibly through the use of various forms of technology.

Staff of the School of Nursing are pleased to be working with colleagues at the Hong Kong Management Association in the
delivery of the Master of Nursing (Coursework) in Hong Kong. The program outlined in this brochure introduces potential
students to a Master of Nursing by coursework with sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of a wide cross section of the
professional nursing community.
Organising Institutions
The Master of Nursing (Coursework) (MN) Hong Kong program
is offered by the University of Ballarat, Australia, in partnership
with the Hong Kong Management Association.

The University of Ballarat
                    The University of Ballarat (UB) is a regional
                     university with a growing reputation for
                     relevance and excellence. Australia’s
                     third-oldest tertiary education institution,
                    UB boasts a strong tradition of education
                  and training delivery.
                                                                       Proud of its past while firmly focused on the future, student-
UB meshes a youthful energy with its rich history, embracing           centred and commercially capable, the University of Ballarat
the freedom and dynamism that comes from being a progres-              continues to excel.
sive University with close links to industry and technology. UB
has emerged as a top ten University within Australia, and num-         * Good Universities Guide 2011
ber one in Victoria for Good Teaching based on analysis by
the Department of Education, Science and Training.                     University Website:

UB places great emphasis on the quality of its teaching and
learning, delivering a range of innovative programs through            The Hong Kong
both its Higher Education and TAFE divisions. Embracing                Management Association
diversity, UB is Australia’s only regional, dual-sectoral university
and a pivotal provider of post-secondary education for Central                                 The Hong Kong Management
and Western Victoria. Six campuses in the region anchor the                                    Association (HKMA) is a non-
range of programs that UB delivers throughout Australia and,                                   profit-making incorporated body
increasingly, internationally. In addition to the six campuses                                 established in 1960. Over the
in western Victoria UB offers programs at a number of other                                    years, the Association, with a
locations in Australia and off shore.                                  mission to train and develop human resources, has been
                                                                       actively taking part in training tens of thousands of
Known for its supportive, community environment, UB offers             management personnel and professionals, thereby raising
affordable study options with small class sizes, friendly staff        the standard of management and improving its quality in
and easily accessible academic support. Many UB programs               Hong Kong.
are developed in consultation with appropriate industries,
ensuring that courses are relevant and that graduates are              As part of HKMA’s deep commitment to providing
sought after. UB qualifications are recognized internationally         opportunities to local executives and professionals
for their quality and graduates regularly rate their study             continuing development, the Association, in partnership
experience as extremely positive.*                                     with a number of overseas universities, offers a series of
                                                                       programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral
With a proud track record in business innovation and                   Degrees in various areas of studies.
entrepreneurship, UB strives to enhance the relevance and
currency of its education, training, research and consultancy          The Program (UBMN) Local Secretariat at the HKMA takes
capabilities. UB is actively engaged in the development and            care of overall organisation of the Master of Nursing
expansion of its strategic partnerships as well as highly productive   program, and will work with students to answer their
links with business, industry and the community. UB delivers           questions as well as help solve their problems, throughout
multi-disciplinary commercial services to a range of high-profile      the learning process.
clients, with existing alliances stretching around the globe.
Providing strong, practical knowledge and extensive experience         HKMA Website:
in the development and supply of innovative, commercial solutions,
UB staff have undertaken and overseen major national and
international projects within both academic and commercial
Key Features
• 5 star rating received for teaching quality in 2011 Good Universities Guide
• UB offered nursing programs in HK since 1996 with over 2,000 nurses graduating
• Ideal for certificate holders of the (Hong Kong) Institute of Advanced Nursing Studies as 4 courses at Stage I of the Master
  of Nursing (Coursework) program may be exempted
• The program can be completed within one year full time (exempted Stage I)
• Part time options are also available to assist with managing work/home commitments
• Entire program conducted via flexible distance learning therefore study can be conducted at a time that suits. No need to
  attend scheduled classes
• Highly structured course materials to guide you along
• Strong and friendly home university academic support
• Valuable advanced qualification to enhance your prospects for career advancement

Program Overview
The Master of Nursing (Coursework) [MN] provides an opportunity for advanced education for nurses. The program enables
registered nurses to build a strong foundation as practitioners. The Coursework Units of the program provide a sound basis
for study in an Advanced Project or Minor Thesis.

Program Objectives
The program is designed to enable students to critically examine the distinctive role of nursing. It has been planned to meet
the needs of nurses who wish to take a leadership role in developing innovative programs and practice in a variety of health
care settings, to undertake research in nursing or to investigate an issue in professional nursing.

Program Structure
The Master of Nursing (Coursework) program consists of four advanced courses, four courses in an identified speciality
stream and one Master level course. Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma following completion of the four advanced
and four speciality courses.

Applicants who have already completed postgraduate studies in a speciality nursing area may apply for exemption for the
four speciality courses.

Speciality areas on offer include Aged Care Nursing, Acute Care Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Palliative Care Nursing.
Also offered is a Professional stream where any four courses can be selected across the four speciality streams or equivalent
cross-school or equivalent cross-institutional courses.

                                                             Stage III                                 AWARD
                                      Stage II               1 x Project/                        Master of Nursing
               Stage I              4 x Advanced                Thesis                            (Coursework)
         4 x Speciality Courses        Courses             (60 credit points)                        (180 credit points)
             (60 credit points)    (60 credit points)

Credit Transfer
Credit will be granted for previous successfully completed studies equivalent to a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate
diploma. Specific postgraduate studies completed at recognised tertiary or industry providers such as the Institute of
Advanced Nursing Studies (IANS), Hong Kong will be recognised.

Certified documentary evidence of full transcripts of course, course descriptors and course results including CNE points
must be submitted, together will a fully completed credit application form. All applications for credit must be submitted at the
time of the applications. Applicants wishing to be considered for Stage I exemption must provide evidence of a minimum of
a postgraduate certificate or its equivalent in a specialist nursing area. Applicants who have already completed a Masters
degree may be eligible to apply for credit for Stage II subjects however they will need to provide appropriate documentary
The program can be completed in 12 months of full time study if the applicant has successfully fulfilled the requirements of
prior studies and receive exemption for Stage I of the program. A part time option is also offered which allows students to
undertake one subject at a time rather than two. The part time option would result in a program duration of approximately two

Entry Requirements
To be admitted in the Master of Nursing (Coursework) in Hong Kong, applicants should possess the following qualifications:

1. Registered nurse
2. A Bachelor degree in nursing or health related discipline, e.g. health science;
3. Evidence of English language competency at TOEFL 580 or higher, IELTS 6.5 or higher, or undergraduate studies in

If requiring exemption from Stage I:

1. Completed study in a speciality area equivalent to a postgraduate certificate,      e.g. through the Institute of Advanced
   Nursing Studies or another university.

Mode of Delivery
The Master of Nursing program has been developed to specifically cater to the needs of the students who are working while
undertaking study. The School of Nursing has many years’ experience in nursing education in Hong Kong and understands
the difficulties that nurses have in managing work, shift hours, family and studies, while maintaining quality of life.

As the course is delivered online, students are able to work at their own pace without the need to attend daily or weekly
classes. In addition to the Coursework courses students will either undertake a research project (thesis) or an advanced
project, investigating a specific nursing issue.

An initial orientation session will be conducted in Hong Kong by University of Ballarat staff. Students will then be encouraged
to interact with lecturers and fellow students using technology such as online discussion forums, emails, podcasts and

All courses are assessed. Examples of types of assessment tasks include online exercises, written scholarly papers,
creative projects such as portfolios of work or case study analysis.

Recognition of the Award
Awards obtained from the University of Ballarat are internationally recognised. All graduates, whether in Australia or offshore,
receive the same recognition and standing, and are able to use their qualification for further education and career

Please refer to the attachments of this brochure for:
1. Application Procedures (Information for New Applicants)
2. Program fees (Information for New Applicants)
3. Application Form
4. Application for Credit Form
Courses                                                    Subject Descriptions
Speciality Courses                                         The following are course descriptions of the four (4)
Palliative Care:                                           core subjects and the thesis/project of the program.
HCPAL6051        Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing
HCPAL6061        Assessing Complexity in Palliative Care   Coursework (Advanced) Subjects
HCPAL6012        Managing Interventions in Palliative      HCNUR 6031 NURSING INQUIRY
                 Care Context                              This course explores the underpinning epistemological
HCPAL6022        Specialist Palliative Care Nursing        foundations of nursing. The related ethico-legal, socio-
                                                           political and economic influences are analysed for their
Acute Care:                                                contributions to contemporary nursing knowledge. Stu-
HCNUR 6051       Foundation of Acute Care Nursing          dents will evaluate their own level of knowledge develop-
HCNUR 6061       Assessing Complexity in Acute Care        ment and map their pathway to high order professional
HCNUR 6012       Managing Interventions in Acute Care      knowledge in nursing practice.
HCNUR 6022       Specialist Acute Care Nursing             HCNUR 6011 NURSING RESEARCH
Aged Care (2012):                                          This course will guide students through the process of
HCAGE 6051 Foundations of Gerontology                      refining a researchable problem, exploring different para-
HCAGE6061      Care of Older People in Diverse Health      digms used in nursing research and selecting an appro-
               Care Settings                               priate methodology to address the specific research
HCAGE6012      Screening and Assessment of Older           question. The course prepares the student to develop a
               People                                      research proposal that applies sound research design
HCAGE 6022 Health Promotion and Disease Preven-            and the principles of ethical research.
               tion in Older People
                                                           HCNUR 6041 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN
Mental Health (2012):                                      GLOBAL HEALTH
HCMTL6051 Assessment Skills in Mental Health               This course explores the nature of contemporary health
                Nursing                                    both globally and within Australia, and the role and prac-
HCMTL6061 Theory, Knowledge and Practice in                tices of nurses within the health workforce. Health is
                Mental Health                              examined from the determinants perspective and bur-
HCMTL6012 Psychotherapeutic/Psychopharmaco-                den of disease in Australia is seen as underpinning the
                logical Interventions                      policy and resource situation. The complexities and con-
HCMTL6022 Advanced Mental Health Practice                  sequences of chronic illness are a particular focus, lay-
                                                           ing groundwork for the speciality courses in the program.
                                                           Patients are seen as having shifted from passive recipi-
Professional Stream:                                       ents of care to critical consumers. Nurses are seen as
Any four selected courses from within or across the four   occupying new and expanded roles supported by evi-
speciality steams OR equivalent cross-school OR            denced-based reflective practice.
equivalent cross-institutional courses.
                                                           HCNUR 6101 POLICY, PLANNING AND
Core Courses                                               LEADERSHIP FOR NURSING PRACTICE
HCNUR 6031       Nursing Inquiry                           This course aims to provide registered nurses with knowl-
HCNUR 6041       Contemporary issues in Global Health      edge of leadership and contemporary healthcare sys-
HCNUR 6011       Nursing Research Methodologies            tems to be more effective in influencing policy and the
HCNUR 6101       Policy, Planning and Leadership for       allocation of resources. Policy is seen as being planned,
                 Nursing Practice                          implemented and evaluated within a broad based social,
                                                           economic and political context. Students will be asked
Project/Minor Thesis                                       to use their leadership skills to analyse ways in which
HCNUR 7001       Minor Thesis                              they can use power and planning processes to positively
OR                                                         influence decision making and change within the health
HCNUR 7011       Advanced Nursing Project                  care arena.
Project/Thesis Courses
HCNUR7001 MINOR THESIS                                        HCNUR 7011 ADVANCED NURSING PROJECT
A significant amount of nursing literature since the          The Master of Nursing (Coursework) offers an
mid 1980s has emphasised the growing importance               alternative strand to a research project for students
of research to the development of nursing as a                who wish to study a special area of professional
profession. While most early research was conducted           nursing or health care. A wide range of topics related
by academics and nurses undertaking higher degree             to theoretical aspects of nursing, education, health
studies, it is exciting to see that there is now a ‘body of   care policy and professional nursing issues lend
knowledge’ emerging that is driven by practitioners.          themselves to in-depth study. Some students may
Initially, research efforts tended to address questions       wish to undertake a practicum or travel off-shore to
about nursing and nurses, but in more recent years            gain experience of another health care system.
this has shifted focus to examine clinical issues and
patient outcomes. An emphasis on collaborative                The topic for study will have been identified during
research projects has also become a pathway for               core units, and will be negotiated with the course
novice researchers to work across disciplines to gain         coordinator.
experience in research methods and methodologies.
                                                              Academic Statutes and Regulations
Nevertheless it is important for nurses to develop skills
                                                              Students may refer to the University of Ballarat
in identifying researchable nursing issues, to plan a
                                                              Handbook (access on
research project and manage the project through to
                                                              aasp/student/ handbooks/) for information regarding
completion. It is also vitally important for nurses to
                                                              academic statutes and regulations.
communicate the findings of their research to their
colleagues by publishing in journals and presenting
papers at conferences. These strategies open up
new ideas for critical review by one’s peers, and
validate the claim of nursing to be a profession. The
concept of producing work of publishable standard is
emphasised throughout the Master of Nursing
program, and students are encouraged to submit their
essays to conferences and journals.
University of Ballarat

                    School of Nursing
                    Mt Helen Campus
                    University Drive
                    Ballarat, Vic 3350

                    Telephone:    61 3 5327 9660
                    Fax: 61 3 5327 9719

Hong Kong Program Secretariat

                    Towngas Management Development Centre
                    The Hong Kong Management Association
                    16/F Tower B Southmark
                    11 Yip Hing Street
                    Wong Chuk Hang
                    HONG KONG
                    Telephone:      2774 8500
                    Fax: 2365 1000

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