Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR7810
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Approved by SCNS
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
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 5170 2015-01-14 Department College Budget Account Number Nursing NR 620100020 Contact Person Phone Dewel Lindsey 8133969978 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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.
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
- Other Course Information
. 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
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
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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
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. It’s 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
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