Syllabus for NUR-418
RESEARCH IN NURSING
This course provides an introduction to evidence-based nursing practice and research. Students will focus on the critical thinking skills required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse’s role in application of research as well as subsequent improvement in healthcare.
- Role of research in evidence-based practice
- The research process
- Conclusions and implications for practice
- Descriptive results
- Inferential results
- Sampling in research
- Ethical issues
- Data collection
- Elements of research design
- Sources of nursing research problems
- Assuring quality research reports
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Discuss the research process and its relationship to evidence-based practice
CO2 Apply the components of the research process using the appropriate language and terminology.
CO3 Evaluate research findings employing critical appraisal of the problem, methods, and findings.
CO4 Evaluate research studies in terms of evidence, validity, reliability, and quality.
CO5 Identify strategies for disseminating research findings in nursing
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
- Rebar, C. R., & Gersch, C. J. (2015). Understanding research for evidence-based practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.
- American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
(Students may already have a copy of this publication manual.)
- Studentss will be required to read articles available in the University and New Jersey State Library (NJSL) databases. To retrieve articles from the NJSL databases a NJSL card is required. You may access the college databases as well as the NJSL through the portal. Click the My Resources block, then the Education tab. The NJSL link provides information about obtaining a card, which is free.
Research in Nursing is a three-credit online course, consisting of twelve modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Introductions and Roundtable Discussion on Research Experiences
- Module 2: Evidence-based Nursing Using Research in Practice
- Module 3: The Research Process: Components and Language of Research Reports
- Module 4: The Research Process: Background Literature and Related Research Questions
- Module 5: The Research Process: Discussions and Conclusions
- Module 6: The Research Process: Descriptive Results
- Module 7: The Research Process: Inferential Results
- Module 8: Samples
- Module 9: Ethics
- Module 10: Data Collection Methods
- Module 11: Research Designs
- Module 12: Roundtable Discussions
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.
You are required to participate in twelve graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required Reflection Forum in Week 12.
Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.
You are required to complete four written assignments. Three of the assignments are papers that are part of a “Putting Research into Practice” project. The fourth is a quantitative research critique paper.
- Written Assignment 1 is a paper called “Putting Research into Practice, Paper 1” worth 10% of your grade.
- Written Assignment 2 is a paper called “Putting Research into Practice, Paper 2” worth 10% of your final grade.
- Written Assignment 3 is a paper called “Putting Research into Practice, Paper 3” worth 20% of your grade.
- Written Assignment 4 is a paper called “Quantitative Research Critique Paper” is worth 30% of your final grade.
All written assignments must follow APA style, including in-text citations and references.
Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site are the rubrics used to aid in the grading of all written assignments.
You are required to submit all four written assignments in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.
- Module 3, Written Assignment 1
- Module 6, Written Assignment 2
- Module 9, Written Assignment 3
- Module 12, Written Assignment 4
For each, you will need to complete your work with the turnitin.com site prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin Student Manual
Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Discussion forums (12)—30%
- Written assignments (4)—70%
- Putting Research into Practice, Paper 1 (10%)
- Putting Research into Practice, Paper 2 (10%)
- Putting Research into Practice, Paper 3 (20%)
- Quantitative Research Critique Paper (30%)
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (BSN students) or C+ or better (BSNA students), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.).
Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Forum assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Student Handbook and the Nursing Student Handbook. These handbooks, which can be found under "Handbook" within the General Information course section, answer many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- All assignments, including the Discussion Forums, are graded using a rubric. Be sure to consult the appropriate rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics section of each course for the specific requirements of each assignment.
- Utilize the writing resources for APA, listed in the "Educational Resources - Writing Style Guides" within the General Information course section, to help you use this format correctly.
- Online tutoring assistance is available through “Smarthinking.com” located in the "Educational Resources - Online Tutoring Resources" within the General Information course section.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
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- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
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Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
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- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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