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EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE

School of Nursing and Midwifery


COURSE OUTLINE
NURSING RESEARCH 1
COURSE CODE
: NRES1 32
PLACEMENT
: Second Semester, 3rd Year
UNITS
: 2 units Lecture (1 unit RLE)
CONTACT HOURS : 36 lecture hours; 51 RLE hours
PREREQUISITE
: Biostatistics
COURSE DESCRIPTION : This is an introductory course intended to equip the nursing students
with concepts, principles in research starting from an overview of the major phases of the
research process. The course will include discussions from formulation to dissemination of
research findings, focus on the formulation of a research problem to the selection of the research
design, planning and choosing the appropriate research tools for data gathering. This course will
require the student of group to present a research proposal in a colloquium with the application
of knowledge and demonstration of skills and attitude in the conceptual, design and planning
phases of the research process.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the end of the course and given actual situation, the student
will be able to:
1. Discuss the major phases of the research process.
2. Present a group research proposal based on an identified clinical/situational problem.
CONCEPT
I.

INTRODUCTION
Nursing Research
- Evolution
- Definition
- Significance
- Roles of Nurses in Research

II.

EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING RESEARCH

TIME ALLOTMENT
1st week

2nd week

A. Definition
B. Importance of building and evidence based nursing research
C. Utilization
III.

PARADIGMS AND CATEGORIES OF RESEARCH


A.
B.
C.
D.

IV.

Positivist/Scientific
Naturalist
Quantitative
Qualitative

PHASES OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS


A. Conceptual Phase
1. Identifying a Research Problem
a. Sources of Research Problem
b. Criteria for Evaluating a Research Problem
c. Criteria for Stating a Research Problem
d. Formulating a Research Problem
2. Review of Related Literature
a.
Purpose
b.
Sources
c.
Categories
d.
Locating relevant literature for review

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3rd week

e.
f.
g.

3.

4.

5.
6.

Steps in developing a related literature


Criteria of a good review of related literature
Utilization of Standardized and Acceptable format of citing references
APA
Theoretical and Conceptual Framework
4th week
a. Defining framework models, concepts, construct, paradigms
b. Difference between Theoretical and Conceptual
c. Purpose of framework
d. Definition of variables
e. Types of variables
f. Identifying the variables in the study
Formulating Hypothesis
5th week
a.
Purpose of the hypothesis
b.
Types of hypothesis
c.
Function and Utilization of hypothesis
d.
Criteria when stating hypothesis
e.
Stating Hypothesis
Definition of Terms
Terms that needs definition
- Writing operational definition of terms

PRELIM EXAMINATION

6th week

1. Designing and Planning

7th week

2. Determining the appropriate research design


a. Major categories of Research Design
- Experimental, Non Experimental, Qualitative
b. Characteristic of each research design
c. Selection of research design
3. Identifying the population to be studied

8th week

a. Defining Sampling Terminologies


- Population, Target Population, Sampling Frame Sample
b. Determining Sampling Methods
c. Sampling Process
9th

MIDTERM EXAMINATION
week
4. Instrumentation

10th week

5. Data Gathering procedure


11th 12th

6. Method of Data Analysis


week
7. Assessing quality of data: test for validity, reliability,
trustworthiness of instruments
B. Empirical/Analytic Phase
C. Dissemination Phase

13th week
14 week
15th week

Thesis Defense

16th -17th week

FINAL EXAMINATION

th

18th week

Textbook: Nancy Burns; Susan K. Grove; Burns and Groves Understanding Nursing
Research; 2011; Philippine Ed.,
Reference: Stacey B. Plitcha; Elizabeth Kelvin; Munros Statistical Methods for Health Care
Research; 6th Edition, 2013
Allan Glasper; How to Write your Nursing Dissertation; 2013
Denise F. Polit; Cheryl Totano Beck; Nursing Research Generating and Assessing
Evidence for Nursing Practice; 2012

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Elen Streubert Speziale; Qualitative Research in Nursing: Advancing the


Humanistic Imperativ; 5th Ed., 2011
Crestita B. Tan; A Research Guide in Nursing Education: Building an Evidencebased PracticePart ; 2011
Eden Cacanindin; Nursing Research Study Notes and Guide; 2010
Journals:

Amerson, Roxanne PhD, RN, CTN, A journal of Nursing Education. FACEBOOK: A


tool for nursing Education Research. (July 2011) 414-416
Hanson, Laura; Giliam, Robin; Lee, Tae Joon; Clinical Trials. Successful clinical
trial research in nursing homes: The improving Decision-Making Study.
(December 2010) 735-743
Suhunen, Riita; Stolt, Minna; Launis, Veikko; Leino-Kilpi, Helena; Nursing Ethics.
Research on ethics in nursing care for older people: A literature review.
( May 2010)

Grade Criteria:

Attitude
Attendance Requirements
Quizzes
Unit Exam Oral Exam -

10%
20%
30%
20%

10%
10%

Reviewed by:
FATIMA TENORIO-ASIS, RN, RM, MAN
Nursing Coordinator
LEILA A. DE VILLA MASAJO, RN, RM, MAN
College Secretary
Approved by:
MARIA THERESA T. SORIANO, RN, MSN
Dean
Revision Date:

October 2015

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