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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Research & Nursing Practice 2
Module Code NS312
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

The module aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the research process necessary to underpin evidence-based practice in nursing. Students will consider the nature of evidence to underpin nursing practice and engage in structured tutorials focusing on sourcing the best available evidence to underpin decision-making. Students will examine common research approaches used in nursing and consider the rationale underpinning selection. They will critically appraise relevant material to determine it s utility to practice and explore possible alternatives that exist and may inform practice. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning activities during the course of the module including lectures & seminars and will be expected to participate actively in the learning process available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe key differences between qualitative and quantitative research.
2. Identify a particular area of practice for exploration.
3. Develop practice related questions
4. Source best available evidence to answer practice related questions.
5. Critique the best available evidence.
6. Evaluate how evidence gathered can underpin and influence practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Face to face interaction with students
Tutorial4Groupwork focussing on elements of module tasks including retrieving evidence to underpin assessment
Independent Study97Student self direction
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

Indicative Syllabus

Evolution of Evidence-based Practice (EBP).

Key features of quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry.

Principles and process of EBP including developing searchable, answerable questions.

Search techniques including database tutorials.

Research design overview; questions, sampling, analysis, validity & reliability in key approaches.

Appraising the literature using tools to determine quality.

Combining clinical expertise with patient preferences (where appropriate) to review the evidence.

Evaluating & recommending for practice.

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

  • Aveyard H: 0, Aveyard H 2007 Doing a Literature Review in health and social care: a practical guide. Berkshire. Open University Press. BermanBrown R and Saunders M 2008 Dealing with Statistics: What you need to know. Open University Press. Berkshire. Burns ,
  • x: 0, x,
  • Aveyard H and Sharp P: 2009, A beginners guide to evidence-based practice, McGrawHill OUPress, Berkshire, 9780335236039
Other Resources

459, Website, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), (UK)., 0, http://www.nice.org.uk/, 460, Website, National Guideline Clearninghouse (US), 0, http://www.guideline.gov/, 461, Website, Royal College of Nursing (UK), 0, http://www.rcn.org.uk, 462, Website, The Centre for Advancement of EBP at Arizona State University, 0, http://nursing.asu.edu/caep/, 463, Website, The Joanna Briggs Institute, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia., 0, http://www.joannabriggs.edu.au/about/home.php, 464, Website, Health Service Executive (Ireland), 0, http://www.hseland.ie,
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