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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2015 - 2016

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Joy ConlonOffice NumberH245A
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 with emphasis on nurturing the knowledge and skills for evidence-based nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss evidence based nursing practice and the relevance of research to it.
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
Tutorial4No Description
Independent Study97Critical appraisal practice / Study for exam
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

Evidence Based Practice

Quantitative and Qualitative research methods

Critiquing literature

Ethical issues in healthcare research

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight100%
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

  • Lo Biondo-Wood G., Haber J.: 2014, Nursing Research – methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice, 8th, Mosby., St.Louis.,
  • Melnyk, BM & Fineout-Overholt, E: 2011, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice., 2nd, Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., Philadelphia.,
  • Polit, DF, Beck, CT: 2014, Essentials of Nursing Research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice, 8th, Wolters Kluwer Health Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., Philadelphia.,
  • Leufer, T, Cleary-Holdforth, J in Roberts, D and Holland, K (Book Chapter): 2013, Decision-making Skills for Practice., Using Evidence for Decision-Making, Oxford University Press, Berkshire.,
  • Aveyard, H, Sharp, P: 2014, A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, 2nd, McGrawHill Open University Press., Berkshire,,
  • 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,
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