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NURS415 Nursing Research Methods

An advanced research methods paper designed to provide students with a working knowledge of a range of methods and analyses used in the field of nursing research. Content will include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and address research ethics.

The paper gives students the opportunity to establish a foundation of knowledge in a range of research approaches from which to effectively use and undertake nursing research relevant to the practice setting. It works through the research process, from forming the research question to the dissemination of findings, and explores both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Paper title Nursing Research Methods
Paper code NURS415
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,641.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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NURX 415
Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  1. Articulate the significance of research to the discipline of nursing in terms of integration of theory and practice and the advancement of knowledge and the profession
  2. Explain the relationship between epistemology and methodology and the application of these concepts in designing a project
  3. Evaluate various methods of data collection
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of methods of data analysis and interpretation
  5. Review and evaluate research literature in a systematic and critical way
  6. Critique the ethical, legal and social aspects involved in research
  7. Utilise research effectively to ensure a sound basis for clinical practice
  8. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and synthesise a diverse body of knowledge for application to nursing practice
  9. Formulate a research proposal
This paper is designed to meet the needs of nurses studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing). It is recommended as an integral paper for Master of Health Sciences (Nursing) and Master of Health Sciences (Nursing - Clinical).
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Philippa Seaton
Paper Structure
Content will include:
  • Understanding ways of knowing and the relationship to 'truth' and knowledge
  • Research Process: background, research questions, ethics, sampling, data collection and analysis, discussion and recommendations, and dissemination of findings
  • Methodologies - qualitative and quantitative paradigms
  • Research designs and related research methods
  • Ethical, cultural and legal considerations
  • Critical appraisal of health research
Teaching Arrangements
Three 2-day study blocks
The recommended textbook for this paper is:

Polit, D.F., & Beck, C.T. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (10th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

If you choose not to use the recommended textbook, you are strongly advised to purchase a recent health-research textbook that covers:
  • The entire research process, from formulating a research question to the dissemination of findings, and
  • Both qualitative and quantitative research approaches

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system