NURS13117 - Research in Health Care
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will be introduced to the research process and elements of qualitative and quantitative research methods and elements of statistics frequently used in health related research. Ethical and moral issues related to the importance of protecting human rights during research will be identified and strategies used to prevent harm as a result of health research will be addressed. Further, you will explore the application of research to practice in supporting the health needs of clients. It is a requirement of this unit that you have access to the CQU website and Internet.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: Min 48 Credit points successfully completed in the Course

Anti-Req: CQ23 students

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
* Request for a change be made to Ass 1 and 2 (Online Quizzes) in order to better engage students with course. What are the best aspects of your course? * Ability to choose our own topic - provides a thorough understanding of the main aspects of research - having each assessment as an extension of the previous was a big help - lectures were clear and concise. * The assessment/ assignment format is brilliant, and allows a logical progression between the first and last - this allows an experience of developing an idea and following it through all the various stages of compiling a research project. Assignments were returned swiftly, thank you. * One of the best subjects which supported my learning. The lecturer answered questions promptly and nothing was an issue for her. Thank you for a great elective. What aspects of your course are most in need of improvement? * 1. Referencing should be discipline specific. The chiro program has never used APA, so it seems incongruous that we only have our first experience at this in third year at a level where our referencing should be extremely competent. The remainder of the chiropractic program and masters uses Harvard and this should be allowed in this program too. 2. Moodle site was very confusing. It was obvious that the course coordinator was left with the product of someone else's Moodle site. There were so many inconsistencies between the assignment requirements and the 'resources' supplied, making it very difficult to navigate between what was expected this term versus previous terms. It appeared that the current coordinator made several changes to the course but did not fully edit the page to be congruent with the updated course outline. 3. Feedback for assignments was very non-specific. I requested specific feedback about referencing errors several times, but was never supplied with an opportunity to see what mistakes I had actually made. This was very unfair given that (as my above statement says) some of us were using APA for the first time, and should have had the opportunity to actually see our mistakes in order to learn from them. Especially since this course weighs heavily on referencing formatting. Please supply an annotated copy of the assignment when returning feedback so that students may learn from their errors. * Prof Leone Hinton, Self reflection comment prior to the beginning of T2 2016 * Student Evaluation Responses * Ass 1 to be a Reflection Piece * Ass 2 to be a Database Search (In the Course Profile however, the 'type of assessment' remains as 'online quizzes' for both and should actually now read 'written assessment'. This detail was not able to be changed in Nexus prior to T2 2016 offering). The course Moodle site does however stipulate clearly the changes made regarding Ass 1 and 2. * Again, review the Moodle site content to clarify any issues with assessment descriptions and requirements. * Include appropriate exemplars for Ass 1 Reflective Piece and Ass 4 Research Portfolio. More detailed assessment feedback. * Reference style and format acceptable for this course to include both APA and Harvard. * Continue to encourage students to refer to the APA and Harvard style guide while writing their assessment pieces and to check their assessment feedback comments embedded within their document.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Display understanding of the research process.
  2. Critically evaluate the research literature.
  3. Organise data collection and analyse data at an introductory level.
  4. Describe the significance of analysed data.
  5. Display knowledge of potential for human harm related to health research.
  6. Develop strategies to prevent harm as a result of health research.
  7. Analyse current practice and identify opportunities to incorporate research in practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication            
2. Problem Solving          
3. Critical Thinking      
4. Information Literacy          
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Online Quiz(zes)        
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Research in nursing: evidence for best practice
Author/s: Richardson-Tench M, Taylor B, Kermode S, Roberts K Year: 2014
Edition: 5th Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: South Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorChristina Hunt (c.hunt@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Getting started and thinking about research






1












Week 2 13-03-2017

Identifying the research problem & question








2






Assessment 1 - Reflective Piece





Assessment 1 - Reflective Piece Due Friday (17 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 3 20-03-2017

Finding the evidence






3 & 4












Week 4 27-03-2017

Ethics and cultural sensitivity






CRO reading

5 (pp 97-98)








Assessment 2 - Database Search





Assessment 2 - Database Search Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Identifying the types of research designs: Qualitative research designs






5 & 8












Vacation Week 10-04-2017

MID-TERM BREAK


















Week 6 17-04-2017

Identifying the types of research designs: Quantitative research designs






5 & 6










Week 7 24-04-2017

Populations, sampling and data collection: Qualitative data collection






8 & 9












Week 8 01-05-2017

Populations, sampling and data collection: Quantitative data collection






6 & 7






Assessment 3 - Literature Review





Assessment 3 - Written Assessment - Literature Review Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Research methods and designs: Qualitative analysis






9 & 11












Week 10 15-05-2017

Research methods and designs: Quantitative analysis






7 & 11










Week 11 22-05-2017

Reading and judging research






4 & 11












Week 12 29-05-2017

Disseminating research and applying research in practice








12 & 13






Assessment 4 - Research Portfolio




Assessment 4 - Written Assessment - Research Portfolio Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017














1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 1 - Reflective Piece
Task Description

Assessment 1 is a Reflective Piece in which you are expected to describe, discuss and reflect upon a topic in health that has given you pause to question and challenge any preconceptions you might have. Provide examples to illustrate your discussion. Include references to support discussion.

It is important to note that the topic in health that you choose for Assessment 1 is also to be developed and become the focus of your Assessments 2, 3, and 4.

The assessment constitutes 10% of your overall mark. Reference style for this course is either APA or Harvard reference style. You many choose either one, but consistency across each assessment is essential.

A 500 word limit has been set for this assignment. Word count will be measured from the first word of the Introduction to last word of the Conclusion and include in-text references. Reference list is not included in the word count.

** Make sure you email your topic to the unit instructor for approval by the end of the second week of the unit.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (17-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017)
Weighting 10%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Display understanding of the research process.

2. Critically evaluate the research literature.

3. Organise data collection and analyse data at an introductory level.

4. Describe the significance of analysed data.

5. Display knowledge of potential for human harm related to health research.

6. Develop strategies to prevent harm as a result of health research.

7. Analyse current practice and identify opportunities to incorporate research in practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 2 - Database Search
Task Description

ASSESSMENT 2 – Database Search


Using the CQU Library Databases conduct a search using key words that relate to your chosen topic in health as discussed in your Assessment 1 Reflective Piece, and locate 5 peer-reviewed journal articles published within the last 5 years. Write an annotation about each which highlights the main points of the article and includes their reference details. Each annotation can be up to 100 words. Then, create a reference list of these journal articles ensuring correct APA or Harvard Referencing format is used. (10%)

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Display understanding of the research process.

2. Critically evaluate the research literature.

3. Organise data collection and analyse data at an introductory level.

4. Describe the significance of analysed data.

5. Display knowledge of potential for human harm related to health research.

6. Develop strategies to prevent harm as a result of health research.

7. Analyse current practice and identify opportunities to incorporate research in practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3 - Written Assessment - Literature Review
Task Description

ASSESSMENT 3 - Literature Review (1500 words):

Continuing from Assessment 1 and 2 now provide a literature review of your clinical topic within your discipline that has grabbed your attention and made you question and challenge any preconceptions. This is a topic which you will eventually develop a research question as an outcome of your literature review. Provide a concise overview of what is known about the topic you are focusing on. (30%)

Step 1. Identify a clinical topic

Choose a clinical topic within your discipline that is of particular interest to you. This is a topic which you will eventually develop a research question as an outcome of your literature review.

Step 2. Develop a literature review

This assessment item will allow you to develop a comprehensive, well-structured and logical literature review.

You will develop the literature review with aim to include the review in Assessment Item 4: Research Portfolio. Taking into consideration comments you have received for this assessment item as the initial literature review, you will further develop the literature review for inclusion in the Assessment 4 Research Portfolio. You are expected to develop and refine the review taking into account your further research on the topic and comments received.

The Literature Review

A well-structured literature review provides a concise overview of what is known about the topic you are focusing on. Using peer review and evidence-based articles (for example, referred journal articles, government reports), you will present what is known as well as gaps in the evidence that you have identified in researching your topic.

The literature review provides background and context to your topic area. In beginning of the literature review, you want to tell your reader the topic you will be covering in the review, the scope of your research and how this review ties into your topic area. The body of the literature review should be well supported with extensive in-text citations. By examining different aspects of the topic you will want to present differing views and findings, as appropriate. Towards the end of the literature review you will provide a statement regarding the state of evidence, or lack of, regarding your topic. For example: Evidence to support the understanding of XYZ is lacking. Therefore, the proposed research will aim to collect and analyse information to further examine this topic and to develop recommendations for further research.

You can find further guidance regarding the purpose and writing of a literature review at the CQU library: http://libguides.library.cqu.edu.au/litreview. There you will find some excellent tips on how to approach writing a literature review along with valuable tips and resources. See also Guide to Literature Review Assessment Task.

At a minimum, the literature review should include:

* Cover page

* Introduction

* Discussion - Use headings where possible

* Conclusion

* References

Please refer the Grading Matrix for this assessment item.

Word limit: 1500 words. Word count is calculated using standard word count and does not include the Cover page or References. Please state the word count on the cover page


Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Display understanding of the research process.

2. Critically evaluate the research literature.

7. Analyse current practice and identify opportunities to incorporate research in practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 4 - Written Assessment - Research Portfolio
Task Description

Assessment Item 4: Research Portfolio

Using the Research Portfolio template provided you will now develop a Research Portfolio about the clinical topic you identified as part of Assessment Item 3: Literature Review. Insert additional pages in the template if you require more. A Research Portfolio is essentially a structured plan to undertake the research. Using a logical approach presented in your prescribed text (Richardson-Tench,Taylor, Kermode & Roberts (2014) as a guide, the Research Portfolio should address the following key components:

* Title page

* Abstract

* Contents page

* Details of researchers (You may cite yourself as researcher in this instance)

* Body of portfolio

Introduction

Purpose statement

Background

Significance

* Review of literature (Note: the review of literature should demonstrate

further refinement or development to ensure critical evaluation of the

literature. Do not simply cut and paste it into the portfolio but instead,

consider what is most appropriate for inclusion into the research portfolio

and adapt it to meet the criteria of this assessment).

* Research design

Design for the study

Setting

Participants

Methods and procedures

Ethical implications

Dissemination of results

* References

* Appendices (if applicable)

***

Please refer the Grading Matrix for this assessment item.

Word limit: 2500 words. Word count is calculated using standard word count and does not include the Cover page or References. Please state the word count on the cover page.


Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Within three weeks from assessment due date
Weighting 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Display understanding of the research process.

2. Critically evaluate the research literature.

5. Display knowledge of potential for human harm related to health research.

6. Develop strategies to prevent harm as a result of health research.

7. Analyse current practice and identify opportunities to incorporate research in practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work




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