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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research & Ethics for Nursing
Module Code NS5073P
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Siobhan Rothwell
Semester 2: Siobhan Rothwell
Autumn: Siobhan Rothwell
Module TeachersSiobhan Rothwell
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Student must successfully complete prescribed work as determined by the module coordinator

This module provides an overview of ethical issues involved in health care and healthcare research to include the theoretical underpinnings informing research inquiry. Methods and approaches to planning and the execution of qualitative and quantitative research will be addressed. The student will be enabled to critically examine health care research studies that employ a range of methodologies. Key ethical principles involved in practice and ethical principles that inform the conduct of health care research will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyses ethical issues and theoretical underpinnings for research design
2. Discuss principal research methods for healthcare studies
3. Critically analyses literature from healthcare research
4. Determine ethical concerns and responsibilities for advanced practice
5. Identification of a clear and concise area of interest within nursing practice for further consideration

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture38The learning process will be facilitated by the module coordinator with face to face interaction.
Tutorial10Students will have the opportunity discuss their Research Article Critique and Theoretical Framework
Independent Study202Students will read, study their class notes and critique research articles and discuss a theoretical framework of their choice. The activities will be facilitated via synchronous and asynchronous methods of delivery (recorded webinars and blogs).
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative content and learning activities
Theoretical and conceptual frameworks underpinning health care research. Knowledge of research design: qualitative and quantitative. Formulate a research questions using the PICO framework Critical appraisal of health care research from a variety of paradigms. Application of ethical principles as applied to research. Identify an area of interest within nursing practice for further consideration.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityStudents will discuss how a theoretical/conceptual framework guided a research study of their choice (Formative)10%n/a
AssignmentIdentification of a clear and concise area of interest within nursing practice for further consideration (Summative)30%n/a
Report(s)Research Article Critiques - Student will critique a qualitative and a quantitative research article by answering sets of guiding questions (Summative).60%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Denise F. Polit,Cheryl Tatano Beck: 2017, Essentials of Nursing Research, 9th, 9780826155535, Philadelphia, 9781451176803
  • Dianne Morrison-Beedy and Melnyk BM: 2018, Intervention Research and Evidence-based Quality Improvement, Springer Publishing Company, New York, 9780826155535
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MNAPMSc in Nursing: Advanced Practice

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