NURSING 7013HO - Systematic Review Project

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2014

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore one aspect of their nursing practice through the conduct of a focussed systematic review. Conducting a systematic review of the literature assists in developing skills in preparing a review protocol, undertaking a literature search, appraising research, summarising and synthesising the findings from independent studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7013HO
    Course Systematic Review Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Prerequisites NURSING 7012HO
    Restrictions Available to MNSc students only
    Course Description This course provides students with the opportunity to explore one aspect of their nursing practice through the conduct of a focussed systematic review. Conducting a systematic review of the literature assists in developing skills in preparing a review protocol, undertaking a literature search, appraising research, summarising and synthesising the findings from independent studies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Wiechula

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Wiechula
    Email: rick.wiechula@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 Identify a clinical question suitable for a systematic review
    2 Complete a systematic review protocol
    3 Conduct a systematic review related to the students area of practice
    4 Identify a suitable journal to publish a systematic review
    5 Complete a draft article based on the systematic review report
    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. 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required texts or readers for this course.
    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
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (www.library.adelaide.edu.au/guide/med/nursing).

    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
    Systematic Review Project involves the conduct of a systematic review on a negotiated topic. For specific information regarding methods for reviewing the literature, the student should refer to the study guide and reader for the course Systematic Reviews of Research. If required, additional readings will be identified during the negotiation of the review topic and development of the review protocol.

    The student will be allocated a supervisor at the start of the semester who will guide the student through the review process.

    For further advice and hints for successful off-campus study, see the School of Nursing Student handbook and style guide
    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 24 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 involves the conduct of a systematic review on one aspect of nursing practice. There are no specific modules of study during this course; rather it entails the independent development and conduct of the systematic review under the guidance of the course coordinator and a supervisor. The review topic is negotiated with the course coordinator before commencement of the review.
  • 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
    Protocol outline Formative 0% Identify a suitable systematic review topic
    Systematic Review Report Summative 70% Use skills to conduct a systematic review of research literature
    Article for publication Summative 30% Identify a suitable journal and complete a draft article.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1
    Protocol outline
    You are required to submit an outline of 250 words that provides a brief overview of your systematic review protocol. This should include your review question, a brief background to the topic area and inclusion criteria.


    Assessment 2

    Systematic Review Report
    You are required to conduct a review of the literature on one aspect of your nursing practice and submit for assessment a 5000 word systematic review report. The focus of the systematic review must be negotiated with the course coordinator. A high standard of presentation is expected.
    A detailed review protocol should be developed prior to commencement of the systematic review. This protocol describes how the review is to be undertaken and the processes to be used.
    The systematic review report should provide a comprehensive summary of the review. This information should address the purpose of the review, the method, findings, discussion and implications.


    Assessment 3
    Article for Publication
    Using the systematic review report completed for the second assignment, you are required to write an article for publication in a nursing journal. The first activity for this assignment is to identify a suitable journal to target with your article. The selection of a target journal will be determined by the nature and focus of your systematic review. If this is your first time writing an article for publication it may be best to select a local or national journal, or one produced by a professional organisation. If you have published before, you may like to consider an international nursing journal.

    This article should provide a summary of the topic, purpose, review method, findings and a discussion of the findings and the implications for practice or research. For most journals you will also be required to write an abstract that provides a succinct summary of the article.
    This assignment requires you to identify a journal suitable for the topic of your review and write an article summarising the findings of your systematic review. To do this, you must first find the journal’s ‘Information for Authors’. This will describe the expected format, length and style of referencing required for articles submitted to that journal. A copy of the Information for Authors document should be included when you submit your article to the course coordinator.
    Submission
    Assessments, 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/.

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    An Assignment Coversheet must be submitted with each assessment. The coversheet should be the first page of your assessment. A word version of the Assignment Coversheet is available to download at www.health.adelaide.edu.au/nursing/students/resources. The Plagiarism Statement must be signed and dated for your assessment to be marked (please note the details stated on the Assignment Coversheet). More information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/plagiarism/.
    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.


    Marking Guides
    Systematic Reviews
    Structure and Writing Style 25%
    Structure (15%)
    • introduces/outlines/situates the topic of the review

    • the review report is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings may be used to develop the structure of the paper)

    • provides a detailed description of the review.

    Writing style (10%)
    • the report is written with clear sentence structure, clarity of argument and precision of expression and the spelling and grammar are correct.
    Content 60%
    • the review question or purpose is clearly stated, and it defines the focus and scope of the review

    • there is a discussion of the context and background of the review topic, which demonstrates the need for a review and its contribution to knowledge

    • the review method is described and addresses the following areas:
         • selection criteria
         • search strategy
         • critical appraisal
         • data collection
         • data summary, integration or analysis

    • the results of the review are clearly reported

    • the findings of the review and their implications to practice and/or research are discussed.
    Referencing 15%
    • the referencing style used throughout the paper is congruent with the School’s Student handbook and style guide

    • 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’s Student handbook and style guide

    • 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 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.


    Article for Publication
    Structure and Writing Style 25%
    Structure (15%)
    • introduces/outlines/situates the topic of the article

    • article is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows

    • use of headings and sub-headings is appropriate

    • article ends with a clear, defendable conclusion that summarises the discussion within the body of the article

    • complies with the manuscript requirements of the target journal as defined in the journal’s Information for Authors (and a copy of this must be included with your assignment).

    Writing style (10%)

    • the article is written with clear sentence structure, clarity of argument and precision of expression and the spelling and grammar are correct.
    Content 60%
    • purpose of article is clearly stated

    • there is an appropriate discussion of the context and background of the topic

    • the information presented in the article is informative and at an appropriate level for publication in a journal

    • the article demonstrates a depth of understanding of the topic and significant issues.

    • the article demonstrates a critical analysis of the literature

    • the content and format of the article is appropriate for the target journal.
    Referencing 15%
    • referencing style used throughout the article is congruent with the style defined in the journal’s Information for Authors

    • 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 style required by the target journal

    • 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 article 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.

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

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