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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. UB meshes a youthful energy with its rich history, embracing the freedom and dynamism that comes from being a progressive Univer- The Hong Kong sity with close links to industry and technology. UB has emerged as Management Association a top ten University within Australia, and number one in Victoria for The Hong Kong Management Association Good Teaching based on analysis by the Department of Education, (HKMA) is a non-profit-making Science and Training. incorporated body established in 1960. UB places great emphasis on the quality of its teaching and learning, Over the years, the Association, with a delivering a range of innovative programs through both its Higher mission to train and develop human Education and TAFE divisions. Embracing diversity, UB is Australia’s resources, has been actively taking part in training tens of thousands of only regional, dual-sectoral university and a pivotal provider of post- management personnel and professionals, thereby raising the standard secondary education for Central and Western Victoria. Six campuses of management and improving its quality in Hong Kong. in the region anchor the range of programs that UB delivers throughout Australia and, increasingly, internationally. In addition to the six As part of HKMA’s deep commitment to providing opportunities to campuses in western Victoria UB offers programs at a number of other local executives and professionals continuing development, the locations in Australia and off shore. Association, in partnership with a number of overseas universities, offers a series of programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Known for its supportive, community environment, UB offers affordable Degrees in various areas of studies. study options with small class sizes, friendly staff and easily accessible academic support. Many UB programs are developed in consultation The Program (UBMN) Local Secretariat at the HKMA takes care of with appropriate industries, ensuring that courses are relevant and that overall organisation of the Master of Nursing program, and will work graduates are sought after. UB qualifications are recognized with students to answer their questions as well as help solve their internationally for their quality and graduates regularly rate their study problems, throughout the learning process. experience as extremely positive.* HKMA Website: www.hkma.org.hk With a proud track record in business innovation and entrepreneurship, UB strives to enhance the relevance and currency of its education, training, research and consultancy capabilities. UB is actively engaged in the development and expansion of its strategic partnerships as well as highly productive links with business, industry and the community. UB delivers multi-disciplinary commercial services to a range of high-profile clients, with existing alliances stretching around the globe. Providing strong, practical knowledge and extensive experience 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 environments. Proud of its past while firmly focused on the future, student-centred and commercially capable, the University of Ballarat continues to excel. * Good Universities Guide 2005 University Website: www.ballarat.edu.au Key Features • 5 star rating received for teaching quality in 2010 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 evidence. All applications are individually assessed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they provide sufficient and correct evidence to support credit. Credit is assessed in relation to University of Ballarat regulations and the School of Nursing Programs Committee decides the outcome for application for credit. Duration 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 years. 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 English; 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 skype. Assessment 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 advancement. Attachments 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 Palliative Care: The following are course descriptions of the four (4) core subjects and the HCPAL6051 Foundations of Palliative Care Nursing thesis/project of the program. HCPAL6061 Assessing Complexity in Palliative Care HCPAL6012 Managing Interventions in Palliative Care Context Coursework (Advanced) Subjects HCPAL6022 Specialist Palliative Care Nursing HCNUR 6031 NURSING INQUIRY This course explores the underpinning epistemological foundations of nursing. Acute Care: The related ethico-legal, socio-political and economic influences are analysed HCNUR 6051 Foundation of Acute Care Nursing for their contributions to contemporary nursing knowledge. Students will HCNUR 6061 Assessing Complexity in Acute Care HCNUR 6012 Managing Interventions in Acute Care Settings evaluate their own level of knowledge development and map their pathway HCNUR 6022 Specialist Acute Care Nursing to high order professional knowledge in nursing practice. Aged Care (2012): HCNUR 6011 NURSING RESEARCH HCAGE 6051 Foundations of Gerontology METHODOLOGIES HCAGE6061 Care of Older People in Diverse Health Care This course will guide students through the process of refining a research- Settings able problem, exploring different paradigms used in nursing research and HCAGE6012 Screening and Assessment of Older People HCAGE 6022 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in selecting an appropriate methodology to address the specific research Older People question. The course prepares the student to develop a research proposal that applies sound research design and the principles of ethical research. Mental Health (2012): HCMTL6051 Assessment Skills in Mental Health Nursing HCNUR 6041 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HCMTL6061 Theory, Knowledge and Practice in Mental GLOBAL HEALTH Health HCMTL6012 Psychotherapeutic/Psychopharmacological This course explores the nature of contemporary health both globally and Interventions within Australia, and the role and practices of nurses within the health HCMTL6022 Advanced Mental Health Practice workforce. Health is examined from the determinants perspective and burden of disease in Australia is seen as underpinning the policy and resource situation. The complexities and consequences of chronic illness Professional Stream: Any four selected courses from within or across the four speciality are a particular focus, laying groundwork for the speciality courses in the steams OR equivalent cross-school OR equivalent cross-institutional program. Patients are seen as having shifted from passive recipients of courses. care to critical consumers. Nurses are seen as occupying new and expanded roles supported by evidenced-based reflective practice. Core Courses HCNUR 6031 Nursing Inquiry HCNUR 6101 POLICY, PLANNING AND HCNUR 6041 Contemporary issues in Global Health LEADERSHIP FOR NURSING PRACTICE HCNUR 6011 Nursing Research Methodologies This course aims to provide registered nurses with knowledge of leader- HCNUR 6101 Policy, Planning and Leadership for Nursing Practice ship and contemporary healthcare systems to be more effective in influenc- ing policy and the allocation of resources. Policy is seen as being planned, Project/Minor Thesis implemented and evaluated within a broad based social, economic and HCNUR 7001 Minor Thesis political context. Students will be asked to use their leadership skills to OR analyse ways in which they can use power and planning processes to HCNUR 7011 Advanced Nursing Project positively influence decision making and change within the health care arena. Project/Thesis Courses HCNUR7001 MINOR THESIS A significant amount of nursing literature since the mid 1980s has emphasised the growing importance of research to the development of nursing as a profession. While most early research was conducted by academics and nurses undertaking higher degree studies, it is exciting to see that there is now a ‘body of knowledge’ emerging that is driven by practitioners. Initially, research efforts tended to address questions about nursing and nurses, but in more recent years this has shifted focus to examine clinical issues and patient outcomes. An emphasis on collaborative research projects has also become a pathway for novice researchers to work across disciplines to gain experience in research methods and methodologies. Nevertheless it is important for nurses to develop skills in identifying researchable nursing issues, to plan a research project and manage the project through to completion. It is also vitally important for nurses to 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. HCNUR 7011 ADVANCED NURSING PROJECT The Master of Nursing (Coursework) offers an alternative strand to a research project for students who wish to study a special area of professional nursing or health care. A wide range of topics related to theoretical aspects of nursing, education, health care policy and professional nursing issues lend themselves to in-depth study. Some students may wish to undertake a practicum or travel off-shore to gain experience of another health care system. The topic for study will have been identified during core units, and will be negotiated with the course coordinator. Academic Statutes and Regulations Students may refer to the University of Ballarat Handbook (access on http://www.ballarat.edu.au/aasp/student/ handbooks/) for information regarding academic statutes and regulations.
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