IM0726 - Research Methods for Nursing Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will start with a full day research workshop that will enable those who have had minimal research tuition to have a broad understanding of the basic research principles upon which to build upon for the remainder of the module. For those with previous research instruction, the workshop will serve as a reminder (scaffolding) about the basic research tenants. Students with research experience will be encouraged to support those with less research awareness within a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

On this interactive module you will appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to undertake research. You will learn about research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing healthcare practices and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise research quality. You will gain specific skills in research proposal writing.

Specifically on this module you will learn about:
*Qualitative and Quantitative research
*Research methods, including experimental design, surveys, observational methods, mixed methodological approaches, Narrative approaches, interviews, focus groups.
*Data collection and data analysis
*Research Governance
*Research ethics

By the end of the module you will be able to prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest to yourself and of value to your professional practice.

How will I learn on this module?

A number of different strategies are used within this module to assist your learning around research within the healthcare setting. More formal learning will take place within the lecture setting where you will be presented with theoretical background knowledge upon which to build your understanding. This module embraces an interactive approach to learning, so in seminar sessions you will be able to further develop your appreciation of research principles through discussion and peer learning. You will use a range of desktop research exercises to experience the stages of the research process. You will have the opportunity to experience data collection and data analysis through the use of anonymised public available data during research workshops. You will also be involved in discussing research methodology and findings with your peers during journal club sessions. You will be taught by lecturers with current research experience and who have expertise in particular methodological approaches. Your lectures will be recorded and stored within the e-learning portal for you to visit again if you wish. An electronic workbook is also available to support this module. This booklet is specifically designed to support each seminar session and to help guide your learning in an incremental fashion. There is an opportunity within this module to work alongside Northumbria home students also studying research. This provides the chance to meet other students and collaborate and share experiences within directed seminar activities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module lecturers are available to support you with your learning during the module and will have assignment tutorial support leading up to the submission of your research proposal. Your peers on the programme will also be able to provide you with support. Many of the activities undertaken within seminar sessions are aimed at enabling fellow students to talk and learn with, and from one another. You will be allocated a Guidance Tutor (GT) at the start of the programme and they will support your academic and pastoral needs throughout the course not just during this module.
The library offer study skills support in the form of helpful work sheets. You will also have received help with study skills and English Language from the ESAP Team.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically evaluate a range of different philosophical research approaches in order to identify how they might be used to develop knowledge and understanding of a practice issue

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Critically reflect upon a practice issue in order to identify a question which needs to be answered in order to provide safe and cost effective health care.

3. Analyse and propose and select appropriate methods of research/data analysis for practice development project or research proposal.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Critically reflect upon the researcher’s role within a project in terms of the strengths and limitations of practitioner research.

How will I be assessed?

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

An informal presentation of an outline for their research proposal or project to a group of peers and lecturers. Feedback on project/proposal/protocol development will be provided both verbally and in writing to assist the student to further develop their work and summative assignment. (Module Learning Outcomes 1-4)

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
4,000 word research proposal. The proposal should include as a minimum: Background, Literature review/rationale, Aims and objectives, research question or hypothesis, Research approach, review search strategy or project outline, Consideration of ethics, governance issues, validity / reliability / trustworthiness.
(Module Learning Outcomes 1-4)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this module you will embraces an interactive approach to your learning. You will be able to further develop your appreciation of research principles through discussion and peer learning using a range of desktop research exercises to experience the stages of the research process. You will have the opportunity to experience data collection and data analysis through the use of anonymised public available data during research workshops. You will actively be involved in discussing research methodology and findings with your peers during journal club sessions. The lecturers who will teach you all have extensive nursing and healthcare research experience and have expertise in particular methodological approaches.

What will I learn on this module?

This module will start with a full day research workshop that will enable those who have had minimal research tuition to have a broad understanding of the basic research principles upon which to build upon for the remainder of the module. For those with previous research instruction, the workshop will serve as a reminder (scaffolding) about the basic research tenants. Students with research experience will be encouraged to support those with less research awareness within a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

On this interactive module you will appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to undertake research. You will learn about research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing healthcare practices and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise research quality. You will gain specific skills in research proposal writing.

Specifically on this module you will learn about:
*Qualitative and Quantitative research
*Research methods, including experimental design, surveys, observational methods, mixed methodological approaches, Narrative approaches, interviews, focus groups.
*Data collection and data analysis
*Research Governance
*Research ethics

By the end of the module you will be able to prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest to yourself and of value to your professional practice.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 12 months full-time
1 other options available

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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