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Postgraduate Course: Conducting Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care (NUST11091)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryConducting Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care introduces students to key principles and methods in collection and analysing quantitative and qualitative data using a blended learning theory and practice approach.

This semester two course builds on the course, Designing Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care which is delivered in semester one.
Course description Conducting Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care aims introduces students to some key data collection and analysis methods in nursing, health and social care research. This course will take students through key principles of collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data. For the quantitative element of this course, publicly available data will be provided e.g. Scottish Health Survey. In contrast, students are expected to collect qualitative interview or focus group data for later data analysis thus providing hands-on experience of developing interview questions and conducting interviews or focus groups.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements First degree or equivalent. As required for the MSc Advancing Nursing Practice. A basic (undergraduate) knowledge of research methods is expected and/ or successful completion of Designing Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 7, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The summative assessment is the production and presentation of a conference poster (100%).

The formative assessment consists of a piece of reflective writing (700-1000 words) on doing field observations.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key methods in data collection and analysis and justify these choices in relation to methodology and epistemology.
  2. Understand the application of ethics principles and good ethical practice during data collection.
  3. Plan and conduct interviews and focus groups and prepare these data for data analysis.
  4. Gain an understanding of and apply key quantitative data analysis methods.
  5. Obtain transferable skills such as conference poster preparation and presentation.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In this course students continue to develop their ability in developing sound empirical research, demonstrate the ability to handle complexity and ambiguity, critical and analytical thinking skills as well as integrating and applying knowledge from previous learning.
KeywordsResearch,Research design,Data collection,Data analysis,Nursing,Health care,Social care
Course organiserDr Divya Sivaramakrishnan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6650
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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