Course Outline in Nursing Research

Module Learning Objectives Topics Activities/Tasks
Module 1 – Definition and Overview of Research At the end of this module, the student should be able to:

  • define research;
  • explain the values of research and its role in improving the quality of our lives;
  • demonstrate the role of research;
  • identify the general types of research and its other dichotomies;
  • classify research by purpose and by method;
  • enumerate the functions of research; and
  • describe the nature of research as a mode of scientific inquiry
  1. Definition of Research
  2. Research Typology
  3. Research Methods and Approaches
  4. The role of fact and theory in research
  5. Characteristics of scientific method and knowledge
  6. Components of a Research Paper
  • Leveling of class expectations
  • Sharing of definition of research
  • Clarifying basic terms and concepts
  • Brainstorming potential topics for a research problem
Module 2 – The Research Process At the end of this module, the student should be able to:

  • explain research as a scientific process.
  • identify the parts and sections of a research paper;
  • formulate a clear and significant research problem;
  • apply the different processes in the conduct of a research study;
  • Understand the concepts governing research writing and how they are involved in writing research; and
  • Understand the problems in researched articles and how to deal with them.
  1. The Research Process
  2. Research Problem Formulation and Conceptualization
  3. Writing the Research Objectives and Hypotheses
  4. The Framework of the Study
  5. Operational Definition of Key Variables
  6. The Research Design
  7. Sampling Techniques
  8. Data generation and analysis
  9. Research Instrumentation
  10. Data Processing
  11. Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Simulated activities on the research process
  • Discussion: Importance of the Review of Related Literature
  • Brainstorming of individual research topics and research questions
  • Assignment: Review of at least 10 related literature to the topic
  • Presentation and critiquing

-research problems

– research questions

– theoretical framework

– conceptual framework

– research design

– sampling techniques

– data-gathering techniques

– analytical tools

  • Discussion of issues of ethics, validity and reliability
Module 3 – At the end of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Present a research proposal for critiquing and evaluation
  1. Major sections of a Research Report
  2. Bibliography, Footnotes, Endnotes, Attachments,  Appendices
  3. Evaluation of the report
  4. Presentation of the report
  • Research Consultation
  • Presentation and critiquing
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