NURSING 7002HO - Interpretive and Critical Research in Health

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 2014

This course will outline the interpretive and critical paradigms and focus on research design from this perspective. Topics will include the critique of positivism and an introduction to interpretive methodologies, such as grounded theory, ethnography and phenomenology and critical methodologies, such as feminist research and action research. Practical research activities such as literature searching, conducting interviews and coding qualitative data will also be provided.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7002HO
    Course Interpretive and Critical Research in Health
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode (optional on-campus tutorials in Semester 1 only)
    Restrictions Available to MNSc, MGrief&PCCouns, GradCertPH, GradDipPH, MPH & GradDipOH&SMgt students only
    Course Description This course will outline the interpretive and critical paradigms and focus on research design from this perspective. Topics will include the critique of positivism and an introduction to interpretive methodologies, such as grounded theory, ethnography and phenomenology and critical methodologies, such as feminist research and action research. Practical research activities such as literature searching, conducting interviews and coding qualitative data will also be provided.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lynette Cusack

    Course Coordinator: Lynette Cusack
    Phone: +61 8 8313
    Email: lynette.cusack@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Critique the different qualitative research methodologies and methods.
    2 Compose a research question and propose a research methodology.
    3 Compose a research method that enables the research question to be addressed and is congruent with the methodology.
    4 Identify ethical issues related to the research questions
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Texts
    The prescribed texts are integral to the course.

    Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, Elliott, D, LoBiondo-Wood, G, & Haber, J 2013, Nursing & midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, 4th edn, Mosby, Sydney.

    Reader
    The readings for this course area available electronically MyUni.
    Online Learning
    MyUni
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

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    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
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    Remote student library service
    The University of Adelaide Library provides a document delivery and loans service to non-metropolitan students who do not visit a University of Adelaide campus to attend classes (www.adelaide.edu.au/library/docdel/external.html).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Each week students will have theoretical and practical work to complete. Readings will be accompanied by explanatory text and exercises to test and rehearse the information contained in the course materials. They are designed to help you through difficult concepts or to draw your attention to the most important points.

    The practical components require you to begin to prepare and plan a proposal for an interpretive or critical research study. Some tasks may take some time and more than one week is allocated to complete them (e.g. literature searching).

    Weekly Tutorial (Optional)
    One hour tutorials are arranged for students to come together where possible and discuss the readings and the exercises. Off-campus students are encouraged to telephone or email the course coordinator if they wish to discuss the work
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    It is expected that you will need to invest about 12 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course focuses on research methodologies in the interpretive and critical paradigms and the research methods used to collect and manage qualitative data. Topics that will be covered include the following:

    •    literature searching and reviewing
    •    interpretive research
    •    critical research
    •    phenomenology
    •    ethnography
    •    grounded theory
    •    action research
    •    ethics of research
    •    data collection methods
    •    managing qualitative data
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Quiz Formative 0% 1
    Essay Formative 30% 1,2
    Research Proposal Summative 70% 1,2,3,4
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: Quiz
    This is a quiz related to basic concepts of qualitative research

    Assignment 2: Essay
    Identify an area of interest for your research, conduct a literature review and develop a qualitative research question. Position the research within either the interpretive or critical paradigm

    Assessment 3: Research Proposal
    Develop a detailed research proposal based on the research question identified in assignment one.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Plagiarism
    Students are reminded that plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious offence and can result in disciplinary procedures. Students are advised to read the policy Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures policy, available at www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/. 

    The following definitions should be noted.  

    Referencing: providing a full bibliographic reference to the source of the citation (in a style as determined by the School).
    Quotation: placing an excerpt from an original source into a paper using either quotation marks or indentation, with the source cited, using an approved referencing system in order to give credit to the original author.
    Paraphrasing: repeating a section of text using different words which retain the original meaning.Please note: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Marking Guide

    Essay
    Structure and writing guide 25%
    Structure (15%)
    •    Introduces/outlines/situates the research topic and the researcher.
    •    Clearly describes the area of interest.
    •    The format is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings may be used to develop the structure of the proposal).
    Writing Style (10%)
    •    The proposal is written with clear sentence structure, clarity of argument and precision of expression and the spelling and grammar are correct.
    Content and Critical Analysis  60%
    Content (30%)
    •    The question has been answered or the topic/issue has been discussed.
    •    The research topic and literature review has clear links to contemporary nursing practice.
    •    The student’s paper demonstrates a depth of understanding of the topic and significant issues.
    Critical Analysis  (30%)
    The proposal demonstrates a high degree of critical thought and insight by:
    •    providing a justification/rationale for the argument/discussion
    •    demonstrating they have reflected on the complex issues surrounding the topic/question
    •    discussing the topic from differing perspectives, thereby providing a balanced argument/discussion.
    Referencing  15%
    •    The referencing style used throughout the summary paper is congruent with the School Academic Manual.
    •    The reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title etc), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with the School Academic Manual.
    •    The references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers).
    •    Primary references are used predominantly (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source).
    •    There is evidence in the summary paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue.
    •    The student has acknowledged all sources of information.
    •    Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument.
    Research Proposal

    Structure and writing style  20%
    Structure  (15%)
    •    Each section of the proposal is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings are used to develop the structure of the proposal).
    •    The proposal is written with clear sentence structure and the spelling and grammar are correct.
    Content 65%
    •    The introduction and background sets the scene for the research and outlines the context and area of interest (Use your work from Assignment One).
    •    A preliminary review and critique of the literature has been undertaken and used to demonstrate a need for the research. (Use your work from Assignment One).
    •    A succinct research question has been identified (Use your work from Assignment One).
    •    A clear and concise justification for the study (the purpose and significance) has been outlined.
    •    The methodology framework that will underpin this qualitative research has been outlined and justified.
    A step-by-step plan of the research methods is briefly outlined including:
    •    participation numbers, selection and recruitment
    •    data collection techniques
    •    data analysis techniques and interpretation methods
    •    Ethical considerations to ensure participant safety and confidentiality have been outlined.
    Referencing  15%
    •    The referencing style used throughout the summary paper is congruent with the School Academic Manual.
    •    The reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title etc), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with the School Academic Manual.
    •    The references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers).
    •    Primary references are used predominantly (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source).
    •    There is evidence in the summary paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue.
    •    The student has acknowledged all sources of information.
    •    Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument.


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