NURSING 7030 - Undertaking nursing research Exploring Issues in clinical practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7030 Course Undertaking nursing research Exploring Issues in clinical practice Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed NURSING 7102OL Restrictions Available to Master of Nursing Science students only Course Description This course focuses on how to conduct nursing research. It covers a range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and methods with a focus on how to use these research approaches and tools to identify answers to problems, issues and questions. Practical aspects of undertaking research are explored with an emphasis on research skill development. Course content includes philosophical underpinnings of research, ethical considerations, literature searching and reviewing, research methodologies, sampling / participant selection, common data collection methods, techniques for data analysis, writing research proposals and grant applications, managing a research project and dissemination research findings.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lynette CusackDr Lynette Cusack.
Dr Morgan Smith
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Week 1 - Introduction to course.
Week 2 -Theoretical perspectives.
Week 3 -Using literature to argue a case for research.
Week 4 -Research design: qualitative research.
Week 5 -Research design: quantitative and mixed methods.
Week 6 -Research design: Participant selection.
Week 7 - Research design: Data collection - individual interviews and focus groups.
Week 8 -Research design: Data collection - health measurement scales and questionnaires.
Week 9 - Research design: Analysis.
Week 10 - Meeting ethical research expectations when applying for ethics approval .
Week 11- Implementing and managing a research project.
Week 12- Disseminating research findings.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Compose a research question and propose a
2. Compose a research method that is congruent with
the methodology and addresses the question.
3. Identify ethical issues related to the research
4. Identify strategies for conducting 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)
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.
Required ResourcesTextbook: Gerrish K & Lathlean J 2015, The research process in nursing, 7th edition. John Wiley and
Recommended ResourcesBorbasi, S & Jackson, D 2019, Navigating the maze of research: Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.
Denzin, N & Lincoln, Y 2017, SAGE handbook of qualitative research, 5th edn, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.
Liamputtong, P & Ezzy, D 2019, Qualitative research methods, 5th edn,Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Polit, D & Beck, C 2016, Nursing research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice, 10th edn, Lippincott, Philadelphia.
Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, Elliott, D, LoBiondo-Wood, G, & Haber, J 2018, Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, 6th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW. (Already purchased for an earlier course)
Online LearningA range of online learning resources will be provided for this course including the course guide, online access to library resources, internal and external weblinks, announcements, discussion boards, lecture recordings, email and Turnitin.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered online.
Learning resources that will enable you to address the course objectives are provided on the course site.
Each week students will have theoretical and practical work to complete.
Readings are accompanied by explanatory text. Questions and activities designed to address difficult
concepts are provided.
Students are encouraged to explore concepts with each other and their lecturer via Zoom and weekly online discussions.
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 for the course at the beginning of the semester. You will need to ensure you allocate sufficient time to reading, critique, discussion with your peers and assignment writing.
Learning Activities SummaryMost learning will occur online. Students who attend the optional weekly tutorial will focus on the application of research related skills.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will submit all assignments via the associated Canvas page.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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 SummaryTopic statement. Formative. 0%
Portfolio A. Summative. 40%
Portfolio B. Summative. 60%
Assessment DetailAssessment 1
Students identify a topic of research interest.
Due: week 2
Students commence a research proposal on their chosen topic.
Students complete their research proposal and identify issues related to managing their research project.
Due: week 12
Further information will be available on the online course 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
Turnitin is used to enable students to learn.
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
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.
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