PhD Course Offerings and Descriptions

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NURS 912 Theoretical Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

This course critically analyzes historical and current views of knowledge development and scientific development.  It examines the underlying ontological and epistemological assumptions of these views and how they influence scientific inquiry.  Students will learn to critically evaluate extant theories, concepts and models for use in research, including their testability and utility.  Required; offered every fall semester; 3 credits.

NURS 959 Research Grant Writing

Course is designed to assist doctoral students and post-docs with preparation of Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) or other research grant application.  All steps in grant writing process will be addressed.  Student should have solidified research idea prior to course.  Mentor must agree to work with student throughout course.  Required; offered every fall semester; 3 credits.

NURS 962 Conducting Systematic Reviews and Writing Specific Aims

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.  This course is designed to develop students’ skills in conducting systematic reviews of the literature in their area of research focus.  In addition, students will gain proficiency in developing aims for a research study and in using findings from their systematic literature reviews to further develop and refine those aims.  Required; offered every spring semester; 4 credits.

NURS 963 Writing for Publication

In this course, students apply principles and practices of writing to the preparation of manuscripts for publication.  Required; offered every spring semester; 3 credits.

NURS 972 Statistical Models for Health Research

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the placement exam or NURS 777 or NURS 671.  This course will examine principles of bivariate and multiple regression and correlation, as well as univariate ANOVA, multiple ANOVA, ANCOVA, and repeated measures ANOVA.  Emphasis is on application of these techniques in the analysis of nursing and health-related data.  Required; offered every spring semester;  4 credits.

NURS 976 Issues in Sampling and Design   

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.  Systematic and critical analysis of quantitative research designs including experimental, quasi-experimental, longitudinal, comparative, correlational, and descriptive.  Examines sampling frameworks, types of samples, sampling errors and biases, and advantages and disadvantages of these designs for the study of nursing and healthcare issues.  Required; offered every fall semester; 3 credits.

NURS 977 Qualitative Approaches to Knowledge Development

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.  Examines the philosophical orientation and techniques of qualitative methodologies including qualitative description, grounded theory, ethnography, and narrative.  Design issues related to sampling, data collection, data analysis, and data re-presentation, validation, rigor, and ethical concerns are considered.  Required; offered every fall semester; 3 credits.

NURS 978 Principles of Measurement

Examination of measurement and techniques for assessing validity, reliability, and structure of data collection instruments.  Instrument construction and procedures for critical evaluation of instruments are included.  Required; offered every fall semester; 3 credits.

NURS 985 Research Seminar & Practicum: Guided Individual Research Experience

Directs students to develop research skills related to dissertation and future research.  Minimum of 3 credits required; offered every spring and fall semester and both summer sessions; 3-5 credits.

NURS 994 Dissertation

Dissertation credits.  Minimum of 6 credits required; offered every spring and fall semester and both summer sessions; 3 credits.

Elective

NURS 899 Special Topics

Independent study with an authority in the field.  Elective; offered every spring and fall semester and both summer sessions.  1-5 credits.

NURS 915 Health Organization Policy

Examines interrelated changes in nursing, ethical and legal expectations, and the organization of health care and health policy.  Ways that nurse leaders in health care organizations adapt to and challenge public policies throughout the policymaking process and consequences for organizations and for health, practice, research and education are explored.  Elective; offered every spring semester.  3 credits.

NURS 928 Organizational Theories

Examines the major theoretical paradigms, perspectives, and issues in organization theory, particularly as applied to organizations providing health care services.  Elective; offered every other spring semester, odd years.  3 credits.

NURS 930 Children at Risk: Prenatal Period Through Emerging Young Adulthood

This course will apply ecological and developmental perspectives to research with children at risk for conditions that threaten life and quality of life, and resilience under risk. Emphasis is on critically evaluating conceptual models, designs and methods, and responsible conduct of research that aims to understand, prevent or manage risk. Elective; offered every other spring semester, even years; 3 credits.

NURS 932 Families and Health

Explores theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues related to research in families and health across the life span. Content includes family research related to health promotion, risk reduction, vulnerability, and health risk, and the family in the context of acute and chronic illness. Cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic issues are included. Elective; offered every other year, fall semester, even years; 3 credits.

NURS 933 Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches

Prerequisite: NURS 976 or permission of instructor.  Examines literature on quality of care – effectiveness, safety, efficiency, equity, timeliness and patient-centeredness.  Critically evaluates conceptual frameworks, research designs, sources of data, analytic approaches, and implications for health care policy.  Elective; offered every other spring semester; even years; 3 credits.

NURS 950 Analysis of the Academic Role in Nursing Education

This course examines knowledge, theories and skills necessary for transition into an academic teaching role in university schools of nursing. Particular emphasis on the teaching-learning process as utilized in higher education. Elective; offered every other spring semester, odd years; 3 credits.

NURS 953 Ethics and Law in Health Care and Research

Focuses on the analysis of contemporary ethical/legal dilemmas in health care and research.  Examines nurses’ ethical/legal responsibilities, law and the impact of judicial precedent upon clinical practice and research, the interface of law and ethics, and comparative theories/models of ethical reasoning and decision-making.  Elective; offered every other spring semester, odd years; 3 credits.

NURS 957 From Theory to Intervention

Prerequisite: NURS 912 or graduate level theory course.  In-depth exploration of selected programmatic research in nursing and related fields on prevention and management of chronic conditions in order to generate and evaluate treatment theory and intervention protocol.  Elective; offered every fall semester; 3 credits.

NURS 958 Designing Intervention Studies

Prerequisite: NURS 957 or permission of instructor.  Examines methodological, ethical, and practical issues in the design and implementation of theory-based intervention studies.  Elective; offered every spring semester; 3 credits.

NURS 965 Issues in Gerontological Research

Designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of relevant issues researchers face when planning, designing, and implementing, research with an older adult population.  Elective; offered every other year, fall semester, even years; 3 credits.

NURS 979 Qualitative Analysis

Prerequisite: NURS 977 or equivalent doctoral level qualitative methods course.  Emphasizes the work of analysis and interpretation.  Students apply relevant qualitative techniques to their own data.  Elective; offered every other year, spring semester, even years; 3 credits.

NURS 980 Observational Methods

This course explores quantitative observational research techniques.  Strategies for developing coding systems, determining reliability and validity, and analyzing data are included.  Elective; offered every other fall semester; odd years; 3 credits.

NURS 981 Longitudinal Methods and Analysis

Prerequisite: NURS 972, or permission of the instructor.  Examines longitudinal research methods, including conceptualization, design, and analysis.  Assumptions and limitations of longitudinal statistics, relationship between design and analyses, and strategies to maintain scientific integrity are covered.  Elective; offered every other fall semester, odd years; 3 credits.

 

Updated October 2013