NURSING 7030 - Undertaking nursing research Exploring Issues in clinical practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed 7102OL - Research Literacy
    Restrictions MNurSc students only
    Assessment Assessment 1 ? Research organisational chart (0%) Assessment 2 ? Research portfolio A ? 5 research related activities as stated in study guide (40%) Assessment 3 ?Research portfolio B - 6 research related activities as stated in study guide (60%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lynette Cusack

    Dr Lynette Cusack.
    Ms Morgan Smith
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    Compose a research question and propose a
    research methodology.
    Compose a research method that is congruent with
    the methodology and addresses the question.
    Identify ethical issues related to the research
    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)
    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)
    Compose a research question and propose a research methodology.
    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
    Compose a research method that is congruent with the methodology and addresses the question. Identify ethical issues related to the research process.
    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
    Identify strategies for conducting research
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Identify strategies for conducting research
    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
    Identify ethical issues related to the research process.
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    Compose a research question and propose a research methodology. Compose a research method that is congruent with the methodology and addresses the question. Identify ethical issues related to the research process. Identify strategies for conducting research
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook:  Gerrish K & Lathlean J 2015, The research process in nursing, 7th edition. John Wiley and
    Son, Chichester.

    Recommended Resources

    Borbasi, S & Jackson, D 2013, Navigating the maze of research: Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice, 3rd edn, Mosby, Sydney.

    Denzin, N & Lincoln, Y 2011, Handbook of qualitative research, 4th edn, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.

    Liamputtong, P & Ezzy, D 2013, Qualitative research methods, 4th edn,Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

    Polit, D & Beck, C 2012, Nursing research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice, 9th edn, Lippincott, Philadelphia.
    Schneider, Z, Whitehead, D, Elliott, D, LoBiondo-Wood, G, & Haber, J 2016, Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.  (Already purchased for an earlier course)

    Online Learning
    A 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 Modes
    This course is delivered on line with an optional  two hour weekly tutorial.

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

    For this course students can expect to spend 312 hours studying over the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Most learning will occur online. Students who attend the optional weekly tutorial will focus on the application of research related skills.
  • 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
    Gantt chart. Formative. 0%
    Portfolio A. Summative. 40%
    Portfolio B. Summative. 60%
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1
    Gantt Chart
    Using software of their choosing students design a Gantt chart, or similar, to assist them to manage their time in the course.

    Assessments 2 and 3
    For each week’s learning one presribed activity must be completed towards the portfolio assessments.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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.

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

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