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Archived Version 2006 - 2007

Module Title Research & Nursing Practice 2
Module Code NS312
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Level 3 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

·        Enhance knowledge and understanding of research designs

·        Develop critical analysis of research designs.

Develop critical skills in literature reviewing  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module  and following a period of personal study the student will be able to:

·        Demonstrate understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods

·        Demonstrate ability to critique research designs

·        Demonstrate and understanding methodological rigour

·        Demonstrate understanding and application of the principles of literature reviewing

·        Show understanding of the principles of reporting and disseminating research findings

·        Evaluate research utilisation and application in everyday nursing practice

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 8
Independent Learning Time 43

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

·        Literature review

·        Research designs

·        Sampling process for qualitative and quantitative approaches

·        Data analysis techniques

·        Validity and reliability in research

·        Using research in nursing practice

·        Disseminating research findings

Developing a research proposal

Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Burns, N and Grove, S, K (2003) Understanding nursing research. 3rd edition Philadelphia: Saunders

Cormack, D  (2000) The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 4th edition.

Clamp C G L (1999) Resources for nursing research: an annotated bibliography. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications, 3ed.

Crookes, P.A. Davies, S. (1998) Research into Practice. Edinburgh Bailliere Tindell.

LoBiondo-Wood, G (2002) Nursing research: methods, critical appraisal, and utilization. 5ed. St. Louis, Mi.  Mosby.

Couchman, W (1996) Nursing and health-care research : a practical guide. 2ed. London.  Bailliere Tindall published in association with RCN.

Holloway, I  and Wheeler, S (1996) Qualitative Research for Nurses. Oxford: Blackwell Science

Punch, K F (2000) Developing Effective Research Proposals.  London.  Sage.

Streubert, H J (1995) Qualitative research in nursing : advancing the humanistic imperative.  Philadelphia.  Lippincott.

Young, A (2001) Connections : nursing research, theory, and practice.  St. Louis, Mo.  Mosby.

Programme or List of Programmes
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