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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Nursing and Health Care B (20 credits) (NUST11077)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an optional course for the MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice and a core course for the MSc by Research (Nursing) which presents an eclectic view of research methods in healthcare and nursing research. It is delivered on-line.

Increasing importance is being attached to evidence-based practice and policy in healthcare systems around the world. This reflects a growing awareness of the necessity for health care and health services to make best use of science and technology in delivering high quality and cost-effective services and in systematically evaluating their outcomes, whether in terms of individual benefit, service attainment, consumer satisfaction or public health improvement. All healthcare professionals are now expected to have a sophisticated understanding of how research methods and research findings can be exploited in the delivery, development and evaluation of services for the benefit of patients and clients. This course assumes that students already possess at least some basic theoretical knowledge of the process and methods of research.
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Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 03/08/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is assessed by an assignment of 4,000 to 5,000 words on a specific research design. Students may negotiate topics and titles of the submitted work.

Students should select a research design for critical appraisal and demonstrate an understanding of the application of this design. The discussion of the design should remain the focus of the paper. As a part of this discussion, recently published research in nursing or healthcare using the design should be used as examples and a critique of the cited research made. The examples used should be integrated within the course paper and the discussion of the method, and should only be an example of a particular critique in the discussion.
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Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of research in nursing and healthcare
Demonstrate critical understanding of research design in nursing and healthcare
Demonstrate critical understanding and application of research methods in nursing and healthcare
Deal with complex issues (epistemological, methodological, practical and ethical) which are attached to research methods and their applications in healthcare settings

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Course organiserDr Sheila Rodgers
Tel: (0131 6)51 3940
Course secretaryMr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661
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