NURSING 7012HO - Systematic Reviews of Research
Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7012HO Course Systematic Reviews of Research Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Teaching Hospitals Units 3 Contact Flexible delivery mode Restrictions Available to MNSc students only Course Description This course is designed to enable students to understand why reviews of research are needed and their role in health care decision making, develop skills to critically evaluate different types of reviews in order to make informed decisions for changes in practice and develop skills in reviewing the research literature to enable them to undertake their own systematic review.
Course Coordinator: Dr Rick WiechulaCourse Coordinator: Dr Rick Wiechula
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Discuss why reviews of research are needed and their role in health care decision making 2 Discriminate between the different types of reviews of research and demonstrate the critical features of systematic reviews of research 3 Plan and develop a systematic review protocol for a specific area of healthcare 4 Use advanced searching skills to identify research for a specific area of healthcare 5 Conduct critical appraisal of multiple types of research 6 Conduct synthesis of different types of research including the use of meta-analysis and meta-synthesis 7 Discriminate between systematic review methods for qualitative and quantitative research
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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. 2-7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4-6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3-6 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 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
The prescribed text is integral to the course.
Gough, D, Oliver, S & Thomas, J 2012, An Introduction to Systematic Reviews, Sage Publications, London.
The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is conducted using the Flexible Delivery Mode. Systematic Reviews of Research involves a substantial program of reading which students are expected to complete as an integral component of the course. The Study Guide has been designed to guide students through the program of readings.
The Study Guide takes the student through the readings contained in the Reader, offering the student insights into key issues, significant understandings and directions for further reading. The Study Guide utilises stimulus questions, activities and discussion points to maximise student learning. It also provides students with a time frame in order to ensure steady progress.
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 SummaryTopics addressed in this subject include: reviews of the literature, types of reviews, review proposal, finding the evidence, critical appraisal, levels of evidence, data synthesis, writing a review report.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Identify two published reviews of research, in relation to an area of practice. At least one which should be a systematic review and the differences and similarities of each Formative 0% Understand the distinction between different types of reviews of research Essay Summative 30% Demonstrate an understanding of the essential features of a systematic review and its role in supporting evidence-based practice Review Protocol Summative 70% Use skills to plan and develop a systematic review protocol to identify the best evidence to inform a specific area of healthcare practice.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1
The student is required to identify two published reviews of research related to their area of practice. One review should be a systematic review and the other should be a traditional literature review. The student should identify the publications and then discuss in 250 words the essential elements of the reviews highlighting the differences.
The student is required to write an essay addressing one the following questions.
1. Why are reviews of the research literature important and what is their role in health care?
2. How do systematic reviews differ from the traditional approach to reviewing the research literature?
The student is required to select an intervention or one aspect of their clinical practice and develop a 3000 word systematic review protocol. It is expected that this protocol will provide a detailed description of the process you would use to review the research literature on your chosen topic. It is also expected that the protocol is developed with the same attention to detail and rigour that is expected of proposals for primary research. You will find that the semester's readings and activities will guide you through the process of reviewing the research literature and provide you with the information required to complete this assignment.
Note – you are not required to actually conduct the systematic, only develop and submit the review protocol.
SubmissionAssessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/.
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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
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