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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Research Inquiry
Module Code NS587
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Gemma KiernanOffice NumberH219
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To enable students to develop a critical appreciation and understanding of research paradigms and underpinning philosophy of science, toward enabling the expansion of knowledge and the application of research, evidence-based practice and practice based evidence in psychotherapy and health care.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appreciate the value of ethical inquiry
2. Distinguish quantitative and qualitative approaches in relation to underpinning philosophy
3. Identify and describe a range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
4. Critically review existing evidence in psychotherapy
5. Develop an appreciation of the translation of research knowledge to practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Coverage of main concept/theories in the module
Online activity5Interactive forums
Group work10Small projects presented to peers
Independent Study90Directed on weekly basis
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

Inquiry as everyday
Identification of areas of life where inquiry occurs ‘naturally’

Inquiry and evidence based practice
How research contributes to practice and vice versa

Philosophy of quantitative research
The nature of science and scientific inquiry

Philosophy of qualitative research
The nature of intrepretivism, theory induction and critical analysis

Quantitative approaches
Randomised control trial, Cochran review/meta-analysis, quasi- experimental design, cohort and longitudinal designs, single case design

Qualitative approaches
Grounded theory, phenomenology, discourse analysis, ethnography, action research

Research ethics
Malefience, beneficience, autonomy and justice

Critical reviewing
Systematic approaches to critiquing a research paper

Theory/research/practice triad
The theory practice gap, the process of translation, confidence and adaptation in clinical settings

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

  • Dallos, R. and Vetere, A.: 2005, Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling., Milton Keynes: OUP.,
  • Kaplan, D.: 2004, The Sage Handbook of Quantitative Methodologies for the Social Sciences., Sage.,
  • Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.: 2005, The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research., Sage,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MCOUMasters in Psychotherapy
SMPNSingle Module Programme (Nursing)