Nursing Inquiry: Research in Nursing

Health Sciences
Course Code
NURS 3417
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Building on the content from the first Nursing Inquiry course, this course will further enhance students’ ability to locate and critically appraise nursing research and determine its applicability to nursing practice. Students critically examine the link between nursing research, theory, and practice. Students will develop an understanding of the underlying paradigms and activities within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research and explore the study design process.
Course Content

In this course, the development of the knowledge and skills needed to be an informed consumer of research, and for the utilization of research in nursing practice, are the foci.  Concepts and essential content that will be addressed relative to these topics are listed below.  In addition, the core curriculum concepts are integrated in this course.  

Evidence-Informed Practice

  • Research as a way of knowing
  • Critical analysis and appraisal of research
  • Evidence hierarchy
  • Informatics to support research
  • Evidence-informed practice/evidence-informed decision making

Research Approaches

  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed-methods
  • Critical research paradigms (e.g., feminist and participatory action research)
  • Theoretical/conceptual framework
  • Research rigour

Research Process

  • Self as researcher
  • Question posing and exploration
  • Literature review
  • Research design
  • Population and sampling
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Dissemination of new knowledge
  • Knowledge translation
Learning Activities

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of learning processes such as lecture, seminar, group discussion and presentation.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course,  successful students will be able to:

  • Identify the rich diversity of options available in the selection of a research design.
  • Recognize the contexts in which various research designs are best suited for valid, reliable, and useful research findings.
  • Critically appraise a study for its scientific merit, suitability, and applicability to practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize current evidence to inform nursing practice and decision-making.
  • Describe how informatics can support research.
  • Develop, at a beginning level, an original study proposal.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students: 

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. 


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for NURS 3417
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023