N299 – Research Methods in Nursing
A three-unit course on research principles and processes as they are applied in Nursing. The course involves both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students are expected to develop a research proposal and perform critical appraisals of scientific literature related to their field of specialization.
By the end of the semester, you will be able to:
- Discuss the role of research in improving nursing practice
- Discuss the process, methods, and tools for quantitative and qualitative research
- Apply the scientific process to a selected research topic.
- Apply the appropriate quantitative / or qualitative research methods to a selected research problem.
- Critique a chosen research article following accepted guidelines; and
- Write a research proposal based on set guidelines.
UNIT I – Research and the Scientific Approach
Module 1: Nursing Research and the Scientific Approach
Module 2: Formulating the Research Questions, Objectives and Hypotheses
Module 3: Looking into the Literature
Module 4: Identifying a Frame of Reference: Theoretical and Research Frameworks
UNIT II – Research Designs
Module 5a: Quantitative Research Designs: Non-experimental/Observational
Module 5b: Quantitative Research Designs: Experimental/Interventional
Module 5c: Nature, Characteristics and Types of Qualitative Research
UNIT III – Research Methodology
Module 6: Populations and Samples in Research
Module 7: Role of Measurement, Validity and Reliability
Module 8: Instrument Construction
Module 9: Designing and Implementing a Data Collection Plan
Module 10: Data Analysis and Interpretation
Module 11: Ethics in Research Involving Human Subjects N299 Research Methods in Nursing
UNIT IV – Building an Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Module 12a: Writing the Research Proposal; Communicating and Reporting Nursing Research Findings
Module 12b: Critical Appraisal in Nursing Research