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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR7810

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: For PhD in Nursing. Required. To GC. Appd 3/6/15; to USF 8/28/15; to SCNS 9/7/15. Approved effective 10/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5170 2015-01-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Nursing NR 620100020
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dewel Lindsey 8133969978

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    NGR 7810 Design, Measurement, and Analysis in Nursing Research I

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Des, Msmt, & Anal Nurs Res I
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This course focuses on design of studies in nursing research; including review of strengths & limitations of study designs relating to different types of research questions in nursing science & principles of hypothesis testing & empirical inference.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Required, offered once per year

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in nursing, research design, epidemiology, or other comparable field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    . Describe the components and rationale for use of the scientific method and hypothesis testing.

    2. Distinguish between association, causation, and causal inference.

    3. Compare qualitative versus quantitative research designs and observational versus experimental research designs.

    4. Apply the quantities of p-values and confidence intervals in designing and interpreting research studies.

    5. Describe the design features and strengths and limitations of descriptive, pilot, case control, cohort, and intervention studies, as well as randomized controlled clinical trials.

    6. Apply the use of sampling strategies and methods of randomization in designing nursing research studies.

    7. Discuss components of comparative effectiveness research studies in relation to components of other analytical research designs.

    8. Describe and distinguish the design features of crossover designs and within-subject versus between-subject effects.

    9. Describe the key features and appropriate use of adaptive designs, big data designs, and equivalence studies.

    10. Analyze the function of measurement in the research process to advance nursing science

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of this course the student will be able to discuss the principles of hypothesis testing and causal and empirical inference and describe the use of measurement in research.

    At the completion of this course the student will be able to choose appropriate research designs to answer selected research aims, questions, and hypotheses.

    At the completion of this course the student will be able to evaluate study design strengths and weaknesses in selected published literature.

    C. Major Topics

    Week 1. Scientific method and hypothesis testing

    Week 2. Association, causation, and causal inference

    Week 3. Qualitative vs. quantitative research designs and types of measures

    Week 4. Observational versus experimental research designs

    Week 5. P-values, confidence intervals, and statistical vs. clinical significance

    Week 6. Descriptive studies and pilot studies

    Week 7. Case control and cohort studies

    Week 8. Midterm Evaluation

    Week 9. Intervention studies and clinical trials I

    Week 10. Intervention studies and clinical trials II

    Week 11. Sampling and randomization designs

    Week 12. Comparative effectiveness research designs

    Week 13. Crossover designs and within-subject vs. between subject designs

    Week 14. Adaptive designs, big data designs, and equivalence studies

    Week 15. Final Evaluation

    D. Textbooks

    Waltz, CF. Strickland, O.L. & Lenz, E.R. (2010). Measurement in Nursing and Health Research (4th ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company. (ISBN # 0-8261-2635-9)

    Merrill, RM (2013). Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Combining the Basics. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning (ISBN # 978-1-4496-6753-5)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Journal Article Readings: As Assigned

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Midterm Exam

    Final Exam

    Student Studies

    Student Designs

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information


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