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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Research and Nursing Practice
Module Code NS202
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Mary Rose SweeneyOffice NumberH259
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To promote an understanding of the role and application of research in nursing practice.This module is expected to build on research related content covered in previous modules.A higher level of critique is expected from the student in this module in work produced for the assignment.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the relevance of research to nursing
2. Describe the various research methodologies and discuss their strengths and weaknesses
3. Critically read research articles
4. Discuss the ethical implications of research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial8No Description
Independent Study93No Description
Total Workload: 125

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

Critiquing literature

Quantitative and Qualitative research methods

Ethical issues in healthcare research

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Burns, N and Grove, S, K (2003) Understanding nursing research. 3rd edition Philadelphia:Saunders: 0,
  • Cormack, D (2000) The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 4th edition.: 0,
  • Holloway, I and Wheeler, S (1996) Qualitative Research for Nurses. Oxford: Blackwell Science: 0,
  • Lo Biondo G., Haber J. (1994) Nursing research: methods critical appraisal and utilization. St. Louis: Mosby: 0,
  • Polit D. & Tatano Beck C. (2004) Nursing research: Principles and methods. 7th edition London: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins: 0,
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