NURSING 4300 - Honours Nursing Research Literacy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 4300
    Course Honours Nursing Research Literacy
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week (blended delivery including online lectures, readings, learning activities and assessment items) with two optional on-campus workshops
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites NURSING 4301
    Restrictions B.Nurs (Honours) students
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tim Schultz

    Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Judy Magarey Phone: +61 8 831 6055Email: OfficePhone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, RAH
    Course Timetable

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

    1 Introduction to course Research evidence & searching the literature. Research Paradigms
    2 Research ethics
    3 Introduction to statistics, descriptive statistics and correlation
    4 Hypothesis testing and Inferential statistics
    5 Statistics: different tests for different purposes
    6 Descriptive designs Mid-Semester Break Mid-Semester Break
    7 Experimental & quasi-experimental designs and epidemiology
    8 Critique of empirical & analytical research
    9 Interpretive & critical designs- managing qualitative data
    10 Ethnography / phenomenology
    11 Grounded theory/ critical research
    12 Action research & participatory action research
    13 Critique of Interpretive & critical research
  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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, 5, 6, 7
    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
    1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, LoBionodo, G. Haber, J. 2013, Nursing & Midwifery Research, 4th edn, Mosby, Elsevier, Sydney.
    Recommended Resources
    Burns, N & Grove, SK 2014, Understanding Nursing Research Building an Evidence-Based Practice,6th edn, Elsevier Saunders, St Louis.Polgar, S & Thomas, S 2013, 6th Edition. Introduction to research in the health sciences, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Edinburgh.Streubert Speziale, H & Carpenter, D 2011, Qualitative research in nursing advancing the humanistic imperative, 5th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.Burns, N & Grove, SK 2011, Understanding Nursing Research Building an Evidence-Based Practice, 5th edn, Elsevier Saunders, St Louis.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.
    Online Learning
    Virtual Classroom and Workshops
    There will be two optional on campus workshops in Week 8 and Week 13/Swot Week. Off campus students may attend virtual classroom sessions or sessions will be recorded and be available on MyUni.

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    Library Resources
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered through the Flexible Learning Mode.

    Lectures will be available on MyUni as Podcasts or PowerPoint presentations and optional virtual classroom sessions and on campus workshops will be held during the semester. It is expected that you will listen to the lectures and if you have any queries contact me via email or phone. If you have difficulty accessing the lectures please contact  ITS help desk.

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

    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 Summary
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    The course is offered in a blended learning mode so students need to access materials on MyUni. All lectures and Pod-Casts
    are on MyUni. There are two optional workshops during the semester
  • 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
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Literature search
    Word count: 250 words
    Write a simple research question related to your practice. Conduct a search of the literature using one of the data bases on the nursing website.

    Critique of quantitative research
    Word count: 1000 words
    You are required to critique an empirical research paper.

    Weekly online activity
    Word count: 1750 word equivalent
    At the end of most weeks’ learning there are activities. These will be a combination of quizzes and statistical calculations. The lectures, your prescribed texts and readings will assist you to complete these activities.

    Critique of qualitative research
    Word count: 1000
    You are required to critique an interpretive or critical research paper.
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at

    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.

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    If you have difficulty submitting your assignment, you can call the MyUni helpdesk 08 8303 3335.

    Further information regarding submission of assignments through TurnItIn is available on MyUni.
    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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.

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

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    The course is offered to Honours students for the first ime in 2016 thus  SELT feedback is unavailable.
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