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NS5760 - Qualitative Data Management in Nursing

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Research is a necessary undertaking towards the continued development of nursing knowledge as well as personal professional development. This subject is designed to build on foundational knowledge of qualitative approaches gained in undergraduate nursing studies to both broaden and deepen students' understanding of this research paradigm and to extend their ability to discuss, appraise the work of others and participate in their own research. Students will examine, at an advanced level, issues and topics in research design and analysis which arise from qualitative traditions of inquiry.

Learning Outcomes

  • explore the major philosophical foundations, assumptions and theoretical orientations underpinning qualitative research;
  • examine, in depth, the characteristics, strategies, research designs and methods of qualitative research;
  • identify ethical considerations in qualitative research and appreciate their implications for research design;
  • analyse the problems of rigour associated with qualitative research design and select appropriate strategies to enhance rigour;
  • evaluate knowledge of the inter-relationship between a research design and the choice of an appropriate research methodology to address nursing research questions.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Kim Usher
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Kristin Wicking.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

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