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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Nursing and Health Care A (20 credits) (NUST11078)

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

Topics that will be explored in this course include questions such as what is evidence, policy context of research and evidence informed practice, ethical issues, development of research questions, service user involvement and issues relating to qualitative and quantitative research design.

During this course, students will be expected to gain detailed and critical knowledge of the principal research designs and methods relevant to nursing and healthcare research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of research in nursing and healthcare
  2. Demonstrate skills of literature reviewing and critical appraisal for research design and for problem solving in the practice setting
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of research design in nursing and healthcare
  4. Demonstrate critical understanding and application of research methods in nursing and healthcare
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates will be able to appraise, understand and apply evidence in the delivery, development and evaluation of health services.

Graduates will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry.

Graduates will be able to critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in developing, evaluating and delivering nursing and healthcare.

Graduates will be able to lead others and will show awareness of their own other¿s responsibility in delivering evidence informed health services.
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Course organiserDr Susanne Kean
Tel: (0131 6)50 3042
Course secretaryMr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661
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