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Undergraduate Course: Research Methods for Nursing (NUST10041)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course considers the key approaches to research in nursing and examines relevant methods of data collection and analysis and builds on the content in years 1 and 2. The course aims to familiarise students with a wide range of approaches and equip them with some basic research skills.

Reflexivity is considered in relation to understanding the impact of self, not only on research impartiality, but also on communication skills and interaction with others.

Rights and ethics of research subjects and the general public are considered.

An introduction to data collection methods is seen as key, not only to research and its conduct, but also to many principles and skills of audit, data collection and analysis.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Evidence and Research: Avenues of Inquiry (NUST08013) AND Evidence and Research: Approaches to Design and Methods (NUST08009)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have completed courses similar to Evidence and Research: Avenues of Inquiry (NUST08013) AND Evidence and Research: Approaches to Design and Methods (NUST08009), at grade B or above. Please be aware that this course is designed for students with the relevant background and interest in the subject area. Students who do not have a strong academic background in Nursing may struggle with the content of the course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 135, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 41 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group Presentation (30%)
Course paper (70 %)
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the course both from peers and from lecturers.

Summative feedback will be given via Learn on both the group presentation and course paper.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the impact of reflexivity on the research process.
  2. Apply research methods in nursing: e.g. experiments and quasi-experiments including RCTs, surveys, evaluation research, case study research, participatory research, mixed methods, ethnography, phenomenology and Grounded Theory.
  3. Apply research tools in nursing: interviews, observation, focus groups, questionnaires, physiological measurements.
  4. Identify the key principles of analysing quantitative and qualitative data.
  5. Appraise the presentation of research data and findings.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Susanne Kean
Tel: (0131 6)50 3042
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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