NURSING 1010OL - Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
Online - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 1010OL Course Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Small Group Discovery Experience Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only Course Description This course provides an introduction to a range of methodologies used in health research. An emphasis is placed on a broad appreciation of the methodologies rather than a focus on the philosophical perspectives that underpin the approaches. Key terms in research are emphasised and a beginner introduction to health statistics is given. With direction and using a structured template students are encouraged to begin critique of a range of research articles. The place of ethics in research will be complimented with discussion of research in nursing practice. The bulk of the course material will be delivered online although students will also have the opportunity for either a face to face workshop or a virtual equivalent to discuss content with peers.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Judy MagareyCourse Coordinator: Associate Professor Judy Magarey
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
1 The nature of knowledge and the philosophical basis of research. Searching the literature.
2 Research ethics
3 Introduction to qualitative research methods.
4 Data collection in qualitative research.
5 Data analysis in qualitative research.
6 Rigour in qualitative research
7 Introduction to quantitative research methods
8 Data collection in quantitative research.
9 Data analysis in quantitative research
10 Rigour in quantitative research
11 Multiple methods evaluation and action research
12 Critiquing research
13 Applying research to practice
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the nature of knowledge on which nursing practice is based. 2 Discuss the ethical principles relating to research 3 Differentiate between the philosophical basis of qualitative and quantitative research methods 4 Distinguish between common qualitative approaches to research 5 Explain the data collection methods and analysis in qualitative research 6 Distinguish between common quantitative approaches to research 7 Explain the data collection methods and analysis in quantitative research 8 Discuss how research may be applied to nursing 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,3,4,7,5,6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3,4,7,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesEllis, P. 2016, Understanding Research for Nursing Students , 3rd edition, Australia, Learning Matters Ltd. Sage publications, Cornwall
Burns, N & Grove, SK 2014, Understanding Nursing
Research Building an Evidence-Based Practice, 6th edn, Elsevier
Saunders, St Louis.
Note: Students are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable
supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this
course and students are encouraged to have a look at them.
Rees, C. 2016 RAPID
Research Methods for Nurses Midwives and Health Professionals, Wiley
Blackwell, Chichester, Also available as an E-Book. Test
is a useful dictionary of research terms.
Online LearningThe course is delivered via blended learning. There will be weekly online recorded lectures or podcasts and one compulsory lecture. The online materials will be avialble on MyUni. This will include the study Guide, readings, lecture and pod casts.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Online lectures through MyUni: The content for this course has been developed using the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework. This framework provides a scaffold approach to research skills development. There will be online lectures or podcasts for each week.
Face to face: There will be weekly drop in sessions.
The course will be delivered using a blended learning approach with online lectures and podcasts as well as optional drop in sessions.
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 listening to the lectures or podcasts, reading, completing activities, attendance at the optional workshop and completing assessments. 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 Summary
- The Learning activities for Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice are listed below:
- The nature of knowledge and the philosophical basis of research. Searching the literature.
- Research ethics
- Introduction to qualitative research methods.
- Data collection in qualitative research.
- Data analysis in qualitative research.
- Rigour in qualitative research
- Introduction to quantitative research methods
- Data collection in quantitative research.
- Data analysis in quantitative research
- Rigour in quantitative research
- Multiple methods evaluation and action research
- Critiquing research
- Applying research to practice
Specific Course RequirementsStudents need to access all materials on MyUni. The material is organised into weekly modules containing the Learning Outcomes, Lectures, Readings, learning Acitivities and links for assessment such as weekly quizzes.
Small Group Discovery Experience
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryFormative assessment Quizzes 1 & 2
Evaluation of evidence 375 words formative 10%
Weekly Quizzes summative 1300 word equivalent 35%
Discussions of a qualitative and a quantitative research paper research paper 1000 words each summative 55%
Assessment DetailAssessment 1 Online Quizzes formative
Evaluation of evidence (375 words) 10%
Due Friday week 3
Marking Guide and Rubric on MyUni
Read the extract provided on MyUni
in materials / week 5 and discuss the type of evidence provided by the Author.
Use your learning from week 1 and the information in the study guide about how
to evaluate evidence and websites to briefly evaluate credibility of the
information. You will need to conduct a
search regarding the subject. This activity must be referenced, but references
are not included in the word count. Submit through MyUni. Follow the
instructions given in this study guide.
You need to use the literature on how to evaluate the credibility of websites
and evidence generally to support your discussion rather than looking for
evidence around the topic.
Quizzes weeks 3-6
due Friday week 6
Quizzes weeks 7-13 (1300 word equivalent) 35%
Due Friday week 13
Links on MyUni
Discussion of a qualitative research paper (1000 words) 27.5%
Due Friday week 8
You are required to use the template in the folder in
Materials week 8 and Assessment 3 to complete this activity and submit through TurnItIn. The paper is are also found
in this folder. Total word length 1,000 words. You must conduct a comprehensive search of the appropriate, peer
reviewed literature to support your argument and to inform your discussion. The assignment must be referenced and a reference list provided. You are not required to reference the paper being discussed. The reference list is not
included in the word count.
The marking guide and rubric are on MyUni.
Discussion of a quantitative research paper (1000 words) 27.5%
Due Friday week 13
You are required to use the template in the folder in week 13 and Assessment 4 to complete this activity and submit through TurnItIn. The paper is also found in this folder. Total word length 1,000 words. You must conduct a comprehensive search of the appropriate, peer reviewed literature to support your argument and to inform your discussion. The assignment must be referenced and a reference list provided. You are not required to reference the paper being discussed. The reference list is not
included in the word count.
The marking guide and rubric are on 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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Response to SELTs from 2015 semester 2
Much of the feedback was contradictory with some comments stating the course was well organised and other stating it was poorly organised.
There were comments regarding lack of learning outcomes which is surprising given weekly outcomes are clearly stated in the study guide are in the weekly modules and are discussed in the lectures.
The most concerning comments related to the perception that research does not relate to nursing. It may be hard to understand at this stage in your career but research is the foundation of evidence based practice. The ability to think critically is an essential skill in providing quality safe nursing care. This is what differentiates a RN from a care worker.
There was some feedback regarding the workload. Many changes have been made in response to this feedback. The assessments have been changed, team based learning has been introduced and some lectures reviewed. Student feebback from semester 1 was positive.
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