Q. Does the word count includereferences?

  • The word count includes in-text citations (e.g.,Miller et al., 2019).
  • The word count does not include the list of references at the end of your document wherethe full reference is provided or any appendices.



Q. Does the word count include the words in the template?

No the word count will not include the words in the template. You do not need to delete these words. There are currently 176 words in the template. As such, to be within 10% either side of 250 words, your word count should be between 401-451 words (excluding the list of references and appendices).



Q. What % similarity is acceptable?

There is no hard and fast rule regarding similarity. It is often influenced by the task at hand. When you use a template this can inflate similarity results. Similarly, when critiquing set articles, the same references will be used and elements of the papers may be paraphrased in similar ways so again similarity results will be inflated.

Your assessor will inspect every paper for plagiarism regardless of the %. Your assessor will inspect the document for where the similarity is (the highlighted sections throughout). A paper can have a low similarity result but if it includes a sentence or two without appropriate referencing of the originalsource then that is plagiarism.

It is important to ensure you quote properly and reference properly. A safeguard is to paraphrase (and write in your own words) the content (and still reference) and then you will be ok with respect to your responsibilities in relationto academic integrity.



Q. Do I have to use the template?

The template is integrated into the rubric. Your work will still be marked if you don’t use the template but you will lose marks as per the rubric if you don’t use it.



Q. What formatting should I use for the assessment?

Please use the template as the best start for the assessment task. Officially, APA 7th style is used and this is detailed on the Library Referencing Tool under the heading “style notes”. However,for this assessment

task, as long as the work is readable when loaded onto LMS then the font style, size, and spacing used will not gain or lose you marks.



Q. What writing style shouldI use for this assessment?

A formal academic writing style is required. What is meant by “formal academic writing style” was reviewed in HLT1IPP in first year and will be addressed in bridging subjects for student entering the course in year 2. If you are unsure what a “formal academic writing style” means please review your HLT1IPP materials or access the resources available in bridging subject. The university offers othersupports with academic writing that you may wish to access. Peer Learning Advisors (PLA) are a free resource available by the University Library and they can assist with all aspects of how to structure and write assessments. Students can also access “Studiosity” which is a free, online supportthat University providesthat will help providereview of your paper.



Choosing a question:

Q. Does the question need to be about a task associated with patient care?

No. Nursing and midwifery research is broad and addresses many aspects of care including patient care, healthcare processes, clinician engagement in multidisciplinary teams, clinician wellbeing, and clinician education. If it relates to a significant issue in nursing and midwifery practice and wellbeing thenthat is quite acceptable.



Q. How do I write a good research question?

First and foremost I would suggest a single question. Avoid posing multiple questions as this can result in needing different research designs to evaluate and will be hard to describe in the word count allowed.

Second, the question needs to be an actual question suitable to have a question mark at the end. Starting the question with one of the following words —why, how, what, who, when, does, is–will keep you on track.

Third, avoid questions aboutexisting policy or guidelines that don’t really lend themselves to a

research study. For example, “Are there guidelines about pressure injuries?”, or “Does existing policy address the definition of what is a hospital acquired pressure injury?”. Instead, ask about the clinical issue; “What are the factors that are used to determine if a pressure injury is hospital acquired?” or “How long must someone be in anacute setting before the pressure injury is deemed hospital


Fourth, use the PICO mnemonic to helpyou structure a specific researchquestion.



Q. I am repeating this subject.Can I use the same question I did previously?

No. You cannot use the same question. The focus needs to be changed substantially to avoid you self-plagiarising.

Writing the PICO:

Q. Do I need to include a PICO for my research question?

Yes – part of this taskis to complete a PICO foryour question.



Q. Do I need to complete BOTH PICO columns for my researchquestion?


No – the PICO concepts that applies to quantitative and qualitative questions differ. You only need to complete the PICO that is most suitable for your question. Information is provided on the LMS to help you understand the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and how questions appropriate for those paradigms differ. Use this information to help you determine the most suitable PICO for your question.



Search strategy and search history:

Q. What is meant by the “searchhistory” that we are meant to append to the assessment?

Aresource to help you identify and insert your search history is available in the ModuleOne e-book.



Q. What is meant by a ‘Key word’ search?

Two approaches to searching are ‘key word’ searching and ‘MeSH headings’. The focus of this assessment is for you to do a key word search to demonstrate your own thinking about what possiblesearch terms could be usedfor the question that youhave proposed.



Q. Do I need to search of all of the PICO elements, or just P and I?

A. You will usually need to include a search for P, I and O. You do not always need a C because there may not always be a ‘comparison’ with your question



Q: What is the difference between a searchstrategy and a searchhistory?

A: Your ‘search strategy’ is forward-thinking and describes your thinking process around what you hope to get from the search.

Your ‘searchhistory’ is a summary of your search(not the resultsbut the search itself).

These are both different to your ‘search results’ which are the end-result of your strategy and history.



Q. What do you mean by “list any additional limits that may apply”?

A. When conducting your search, you often need to apply “limits” to restrict the research you find tospecific dates or populations or countries or types of publications. This helps to refine your search and ensure the articlesyou find are relevant.

Evidence based practice for nurses and midwives:

Q. Does my answer need to relate to my research question, or just evidence-based practice for nurses and midwivesin general?

A: This is about the importance to the profession(s) in general. It does not need to relate to your particular research question. You can use any journal articles or other appropriate references to answer this question. They don’t necessarily need to originatefrom your Medline or CINAHL search.




Q. How many references do I need to use?

You are expected to include:

  • 4 references that relate to your question (Appendix B). These references should be sourced from your Medlineand CINAHL search
  • 1 reference in your response to the section ‘comment on the role of research evidence innursing / midwifery practice’. This should not be the same reference as those appearing in Appendix B

The search you conduct might locate many more papers than this but you may find not all are included in your review if they don’t address the question you’ve ask. As such, you don’t need to include all the papers identified from your database searches.



Q. For appendix B, do I need to have 2 references from CINAHL and 2 from Medline?

A: It is up to you to decide which 4 references you want to use – they could be 2 from each database,or perhaps all could come from one database or another. You will need to search both to find the best 4 that relate to your question.



Q. Can I use meta-analyses and systematic reviews as one of my references?

A: In your Review try and use a variety of types and origins of articles if there are appropriate ones. This can include rigorous and well conducted reviews of the literature, such as meta-analyses and systematic reviews.



Q. How old can the references that I use be?

Guidance on this matter can vary by subject due to the intent of the assessment task. Hence, it is always worth checking requirements for each assessment. For this assessment there is no age limit on the publication. However, the age of the publication is something you should consider in your critique of the relevance of the paper. For example, is it a topic where age of publication would matter (are you talking about cutting edge practice or new technology)? If so, then you would preference more recent references.

Marking and results:

Q. Againstwhich criteria will my assessment be marked?

Your assessment will be marked using the rubric that is available on the LMS site. It is against the criteria outlined in the rubric that you can gainor lose marks.


Q. When will I find out my assessment results?

Assessment results are released three weeks from the submit date. This allows facilitators to do their marking and for moderation by the Subject/ Instance Coordinators to occur. If you have an extension or submit late then there may be a delay to receiving your results. If there is an unexpected reason for further delay, you will be advised via the Subject News Forum.