Course Syllabus

Faculty: Cathy Duchovic, B.S., R.N.
MSN Graduate Student

Supervisor Faculty: Carol Sternberger, PhD., R.N.


1. Examine the application of research findings to healthcare situations to promote client adaptation and professional growth. 2. Discuss the real and potential impact of research on healthcare practice using the nursing process (problem solving) as a guide. 3. Promote open communication with peers regarding research activities and findings. 4. Discuss the idea that one quality of a leader is the currency of their practice based on a knowledge of research. 5. Discuss the process of critiquing of research reports to increase the quality of healthcare practice. 6. Utilize critical thinking to construct meaning of research findings to own practice. 7. Value research as means of idirecting or supporting change in health care delivery.

General Education, Area VI, Inquiry and Analysis

Research in Healthcare meets the requirements for classification as an Area VI, Gen Ed course. You will be expected to synthesize knowledge from various disciplines, that may include (but not limited to) nursing, medicine, health sciences, sociology, psychology, statistics, social work, and education. This course is problem-oriented as you select topic of interest, related to healthcare, that you would like to examine using a systematic, scientific approach.

As an Inquiry and Analysis General Education course, Research in Healthcare provides opportunities for synthesizing knowledge. You will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to gather, evaluate, select, organize and synthesize material.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve problems by applying knowledge and skills gained in earlier courses.
  • Work across disciplinary boundaries.

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Course Requirements and Assignments:


Critique (Quantitative Article)
Analysis (Qualitative Article)
Weekly Work:
Drop Box Assignments
Forums, e-mails, etc.
Module Quizzes
Final Exam








Students are accountable for information in the IPFW Student Handbook entitled: IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct and relevant information in the Baccalaureate Nursing Information Manual.

Course policy on late papers: the final score on paper/project will be dropped 5% for each day late (includes Saturday, Sunday, and holidays). APA style is used for all papers. Refer to pp.349-350 of the 5th Ed. APA Publication Manual for rules regarding plagiarism.

Grading Scale:

A 92-100
B 84-91
C 75-83
D 66-74
F < 65

Course Evaluation and Assessment

Professional Portfolio is compiled throughout the BS program for nursing students.

Methods of Instruction

Forum group discussion, presentation software, library searches, Internet searches, CD-ROM learning activities, and video. The course is developed using the Hyperlearning Model concepts: General Principles, Process, Critical Thinking, and Professional Applications.

REQUIRED Textbooks

American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American psychological association (5th ed.). Washington DC: Author
LoBiondo-Wood, G., & Haber, J. (2002). Nursing research methods, critical appraisal and utilization (5th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
Strunk, W. & White, E.B. (1999) Elements of style with index (4th ed.) Allyn and Bacon:Boston.

Required Readings:

Library Reserve Express Articles (on-line)
2 CD Roms for Course (available at bookstore):

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This is a helpful link to cite online sources; however, you do need the manual for the coursework.[APA Online Source]