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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research methods for Psycho-oncology Practice
Module Code NS545
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To enable students to develop transferable problem-solving and team-work research skills relevant to psycho-oncology (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research) through a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach

Learning Outcomes

1. Debate ethical concerns in psycho-oncology research.
2. Appraise how to apply an evidence-based approach to practice.
3. Identify researchable questions from psycho-oncology practice
4. Critique the principal research designs used in psycho-oncology research.
5. Explain data collection and analyses processes used in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods psycho-oncology research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture38based on indicative content, learning activities, tutorials, group work and discussions
Independent Study172self directed study based on additional reading list
Clinical placement40reflective learning in practice
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

Develop and apply a set of research skills through facilitated Problem-Based Learning activities.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop and apply a set of research skills through facilitated Problem-Based Learning activities. This will involve the presentation of problem scenarios/triggers which reflect the module learning outcomes (1-5). This will cover the following themes: 1.Practising in an evidence-based way 2.Understanding qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research designs and methodologies, including, for example, grounded theory, phenomenology, action-research, case-study, documentary analysis, surveys, cohort studies and intervention studies. 3.Identifying researchable questions from practice 4.Undertaking ethical research 5.Working with research data Students will be assigned to groups of approximately 6-8 students and will work with a facilitator from the team of lecturers involved in the module. At the start of the module, students will receive an introduction to problem-based learning: and each PBL activity/theme will begin with an outline of the PBL cycle (Presentation of scenario/trigger; problem list generation by the group, identification of learning needs; group organisation; fixed resource session to the student group to support each theme; self-directed learning; synthesis of information by group; consolidation of information; group presentation; evaluation and feedback from students on the theme). Key readings for each theme will be provided.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationDescribe and clarify aspects of knowledge and skills gained from the module50%Sem 2 End
ParticipationMaintain research skills workbook throughout the module for examination50%Sem 2 End
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

  • Tashakkori A , Teddlie C.: 2009, Foundations of Mixed Methods Research; Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Techniques in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sage, Thousand Oaks CA, 9780761930112
  • Kornblith, AB, Holland JC.: 1994, Handbook of Measures for Psychological, Social and Physical Function in Cancer. Vol 1:Quality of Life., NY, MSKCC,
  • Breitbart,W, Holland JC: 0, Handbook of Measures for Psychological, Social and Physical Function in Cancer. Vol 2 Cognitive impairment, VA USA, IPOS,
  • Julia Addington-Hall... [et al.]: 0, Research methods in palliative care, 978-0-19-853025-1
  • Trisha Greenhalgh: 0, How to read a paper, 978-1-4051-3976-2
  • Ann Bowling,: 2009, Research Methods in Health, 978-033523364-9
Other Resources

192, http://www.ncri.ie/ncri/index.shtml, 0, 193, http://www.who.int/en/, 0, 194, http://www.cancer.gov/, 0,
Programme or List of Programmes
GPOYGraduate Diploma in Psycho-Oncology
Date of Last Revision08-JUN-10

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