NURSING 4301 - Honours Nursing Systematic Reviews of Research
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 4301 Course Honours Nursing Systematic Reviews of Research Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 12 hours per week (blended delivery including readings, learning activities and assessment items) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Corequisites NURSING 4300 Restrictions B.Nurs (Honours) students 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 in the future.
Course Coordinator: Dr Rick WiechulaCourse Coordinator: Dr Rick Wiechula
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.WK DATE TOPIC
1 29 Feb – 4 Mar Reviews of the literature
2 7 Mar – 11 Mar Types of reviews
3 15 Mar (Tues) – 18 Mar Systematic reviews
4 21 Mar – 24 Mar (Thurs) Review protocol
5 29 Mar (Tues) – 1 Apr Finding the evidence
6 4 Apr – 8 Apr Critical appraisal
11 Apr – 15 Apr Mid-Semester Break
18 Apr – 22 Apr Mid-Semester Break
7 26 Apr (Tues) – 29 Apr Levels of evidence/Grades of recommendations
8 2 May – 6 May Data collection
9 9 May – 13 May Meta-analysis
10 16 May – 20 May Reviews of qualitative research: Introduction
11 23 May – 27 May Reviews of qualitative research: Critical appraisal & synthesis
12 30 May – 3 June Writing a review report
13 7 June (Tues) – 10 June No teaching
Course Learning Outcomes
- Discuss why reviews of research are needed and their role in health care decision making
- Distinguish between the different types of reviews of research and demonstrate the critical features of systematic reviews of research
- Plan and develop a systematic review protocol for a specific area of healthcare
- Apply advanced searching skills to identify research for a specific area of healthcare
- Conduct critical appraisal of multiple types of research
- Conduct synthesis of different types of research including the use of meta-analysis and meta-synthesis
- Distinguish between systematic review methods for qualitative and quantitative research
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, 2, 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, 2, 5, 6, 7 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, 4 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 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
3, 5, 6
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.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.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
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)
Quiz 1 Formative 0% Discuss why reviews of research areneeded and their
role in health care decision making.
Discriminate between the different types of reviews of
research and demonstrate the criticalfeatures of
systematic reviews of research.
Quiz 2 Summative 15% Plan and develop a systematic review protocol for a
specific area of healthcare.
Use advanced searching skills to identify research
for a specific area of healthcare.
Conduct critical appraisal of multiple types of research.
Quiz 3 Summative 15% Conduct synthesis of different types of research
including the use of meta-analysis andmeta-synthesis.
Discriminate between systematic review methods for
qualitative and quantitative research.
Systematic review protocol Summative 70% Plan and develop a systematic review protocol
for a specific area of healthcare.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1
The student is required to complete a quiz that addresses the purpose of reviews of research literature, types of reviews and specifically systematic reviews.
The student is required to complete a quiz that addresses review protocols, finding the evidence and critical appraisal.
The student is required to complete a quiz that addresses levels of evidence/grades of recommendation, data collection, meta-analysis and reviews of qualitative research.
The student is required to select an intervention or one aspect of their clinical practice and develop a 2750 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 this 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 under Tutorials at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/. Formatting and presentation of assignments must comply with School policy as indicated in the School Manual.
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