NURSING 7102 - Research Literacy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7102 Course Research Literacy Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Face to Face weekly compulsory sessions for international students as per ESOS compliance Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M.NurSc and G.DipNurSc students only Course Description This course is designed to familiarise students with the methodologies used in health research. Students will learn about empirical methods such as experimental studies and also the fundamentals of interpretive and critical methodologies, such as phenomenology. The aim is for students to learn how to read and critically evaluate research relating to their practice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Morgan SmithDr Morgan Smith
Phone: +61 8 8313 0219
Location: Level 4 AHMS
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Schedule Week Topic 1 Introduction to course 2 Searching the research literature 3 Quantiative research - descriptive designs 4 Quantiative research –experimental designs 5 Quantitative research – basic statistics 6 Critique of quantitative research Mid Semester Break - Mid Semester Break - 7 Qualitative research - descriptive 8 Qualitative research - interpretive 9 Qualitative research - critical 10 Qualitative research – data collection and analysis 11 Critique of qualitative research 12 Mixed methods research
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Conduct an effective search of the published literature using health science data bases. 2 Explain the ethical principles relating to the conduct of research. 3 Explain the philosophical underpinnings of the various approaches used in health research 4 Distinguish between the empirical and interpretive and critical methods of research. 5 Explain the use of common statistical methods used for analysis in health research 6 Explain interpretive and critical approaches used in health research 7 Critique the research literature in order to assess its applicability to current professional practice.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Richardson-Tench, M. & Nicholson, P. 2022 Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied
Health: evidence for best practice. 7th edn. Cengage, South
Note this text is also available as a E Book
The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesBurns, N & Grove, SK 2020, 9th Edn,
The Practice of Nursing Research Elsevier Saunders, St Louis.
Polgar, S & Thomas, S 2020, 7th
Edition. Introduction to research in the
health sciences, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Edinburgh.
Liamputtong, P & Ezzy, D 2019, Qualitative research methods, 5th edn, Oxford University Press,
Note: You are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and you are encouraged to have a look at them.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered through the Flexible Learning Mode.
Optional virtual classroom sessions will be held during the semester.
A course guide will be available to direct your reading. Additional online resources will be provided on the course site to assist your understanding of core concepts.
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 spend about 12 hours of study a week to successfully complete this course. This includes reading, completing activities, attendance at the optional workshops and listening to podcasts. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryThis course is designed to familiarise students with the methodologies used in health research. Students will learn how to search the literature and evaluate the evidence they find relating to their practice. In addition the ethical issues relating to research will be considered. The various approaches to health research will be presented. These will include empirical methods and critical and interpretive approaches such as phenomenology and ethnography. This will give students the knowledge and skills required to evaluate research they locate in the literature in order to decide whether to apply the findings to practice.
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Search of the literature (250 words) Formative 0% 1,3 Critique of quantitative research (1,500 words) Summative 40% 2,3,4,5,7 Critique of qualitative research (2,000 words) Summative 60% 2,3,4,6,7
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Search of the literature
Students are required to search the literature for research articles on a topic of their choosing. When students enrol they will find full details of the assessment item on the course online site.
Assessment 2: Critique of quantitative research
Students will be provided with a quantitative article to critique and a template for the assignment. When students enrol they will find full details of the assessment item, including resources to assist them, on the course onine site.
Assessment 3: Critique of qualitative research
Students will be provided with a qualitative article to critique and a template for the assignment, When students enrol they will find full details of the assessment item, including resources to assist them, on the course onine site.
SubmissionAssessments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni by the due date.
Students who enroll in the course will find course due dates on the course online site.
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Feedback is provided to students on their assignment.
Students will receive feedback within 2-3 weeks of submission.
All Adelaide Nursing School assessment policies apply.
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
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