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General Course Information for NSG422: Nursing Research

Course: NSG422 - Nursing Research
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research in nursing by reviewing, evaluating and critiquing current research studies which use a variety of designs. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on the philosophical underpinnings of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigms as well as the use of research in nursing practice.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the components of the research process as they relate to descriptive, correlational, experimental, ethnographic, phenomenological, and historical designs.
  • Summarize the worldview and philosophical underpinnings of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigms.
  • Evaluate the psychometric properties of selected research instruments.
  • Develop a plan for utilization of selected nursing research findings in a simulated practice setting.
  • Summarize strategies used to ensure validity and/or trustworthiness of data.
  • Discuss issues related to participant observation and field studies.
  • Critique selected nursing research studies using a guise for reviewing and evaluating research.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Analyze and synthesize current findings from nursing research and research in related fields.
    • Assume professional, ethical, and legal behavior upholding the standards of entry into the profession.
    • Develop a critical stance on professional issues related to nursing practice, education, and knowledge development by analyzing the historical and contemporary environments in nursing.
    • Effectively communicate with both patients/families and other members of the healthcare team.
    • Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies with patient-related identified nursing diagnoses.
    • Practice professional nursing using theory and knowledge as a basis for practice.
    • Use computer technologies to augment productivity and to gain access to multiple informational resource services.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures