Nursing - Health Research Methods & Methodology - Module

University of Limerick

Nursing - Health Research Methods & Methodology - Module

The module focuses on clarifying and challenging the major assumptions underlying research paradigms, theories and methods. The module will provide students with an advanced understanding of the practical application, and the challenges and contribution of research to health care delivery. On completion of this module students will be prepared to plan a research study.

Award: University Certificate of Study
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Subjects taught

Health Research Methods and Methodology NS6036

This module explores;

Philosophical underpinnings of the research paradigms and their application to nursing and midwifery practice; Reviewing the literature, refining the research question within the relevant paradigm.

Ethical and professional factors throughout the research process.

Exploration of practical issues relating to qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research and design; Specific processes relevant to quantitative research: Instruments and their use.

Approaches to quantitative data analysis; PC based statistical packages, levels of measurement and statistical analysis.

Specific processes relevant to qualitative research e.g. interview, fieldwork, participant observation, and focus groups.

Approaches to qualitative data analysis; thematic coding,
discourse, semiotic and conversation analysis, computer aided data management; Preparation, interpretation and presentation of data and scientific report writing.

Entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

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One Semester (12 Weeks) part-time.

Post Course Info

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:

Nursing - MSc
Nursing (Peri-Operative Care) - MSc
Nursing Studies - MSc
Advanced Healthcare Practice - MSc
Nursing (Older Person) - MSc
Nursing (Palliative Care) - MSc
Nursing (Dementia Care) - MSc
Nursing (Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care) - MSc
Nursing (Respiratory Care) - MSc
Perinatal Mental Health - MSc

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