Syllabus - NURS 338

Topical Course Outline


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3 semester credit hours

3 credits for theory

Previous students report spending 10-12 hours/week on this course.

Course Description

This course offers the learner knowledge and experience in using the systemic inquiry, including quantitative and qualitative processes, with the advancement and structuring of nursing knowledge. It provides a forum for discussion of the development, application, and evaluation of various types of nursing research, and allows the learner opportunity to examine research credibility to promote and practice evidence-based practice.

Lesson Topic
Lesson 01 Introduction and Review of Statistics
Lesson 02 Review of Nursing Research
Lesson 03 Philosophical Basis for Nursing Research
Lesson 04 Foundations of Nursing Research
Lesson 05 Theory and Frameworks
Lesson 06 Problems, Hypotheses, Review of the Literature
Lesson 07 Reading Research
Lesson 08 Qualitative Research
Lesson 09 Qualitative Research
Lesson 10 Qualitative Research
Lesson 11 Qualitative Research
Lesson 12 Putting Research into Nursing Practice
Lesson 13 Putting Research into Nursing Practice
Lesson 14 Course Conclusion

Clinical: No clinical hours are associated with this course.


FDMath 108 and Math 221 or equivalent statistics course.

Academic Honesty

The Department of Nursing fully supports the University policy on Academic Honesty (see catalog: Academic Probation, Dismissal). Cheating, dishonesty, plagiarism or misrepresenting a situation in any way will constitute a violation that will result in dismissal from the nursing program. A student dismissed from the program due to a violation of this or one of the overriding areas of concern is not permitted to reapply to the nursing program.

Identification on All Assignments

The expectation for the Department of Nursing is that all assignments are to be submitted online and clearly identified with a title page. In addition, you need to place the following paragraph on the final page of specified assignments submitted to the BYU-Idaho nursing program. An electronic signature and date must accompany the paragraph.

This paper is submitted as a true and accurate representation of my original work, research and writing. No part of this document is quoted, paraphrased, or the work of another individual unless cited and referenced correctly per the APA Publication Manual 6th Edition. I understand that any variance in citation or referencing can be considered academic misconduct, and subject to BYU-Idaho’s Academic Honesty policy.  [Double-space this paragraph in all Assignments in the Assignments tab]
Electronic Signature: ___________________________  Date: ________________

Overriding Areas of Concern

Overriding areas of concern for the Department of Nursing include:

  1. Demonstrating the BYU-Idaho honor code in all behaviors
  2. Providing safety for self and others consistently

The Department of Nursing fully supports the University policy on Academic Honesty (see catalog: Academic Probation, Dismissal). Cheating, dishonesty, plagiarism or misrepresenting a situation in any way will constitute a violation that will result in dismissal from the nursing program. A student dismissed from the program due to a violation of this or one of the overriding areas of concern is not permitted to reapply to the nursing program.

Department of Nursing Student Handbook

Please download and read the attached Department of Nursing Student Handbook. This handbook is a general guideline for The Department of Nursing Program expectations.

Required Textbook

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Polit, D. and Beck, C. (2014). Essentials of Nursing Research, Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice. (8th ed.) Wolters Kluwer: Philadelphia. ISBN 978-1-4511-7679-7

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. (2010) Publication of the american psychological association (6th ed.) Washington, DC. ISBN#:901433805614


Final grades will be computed on the total number of points earned by the student over the duration of the course divided by the total points possible.

Nursing Department Grading Scale

Grade Letter Grade Percentage
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 84-86%
B- 80-83%
C+ 78-79%
C 76-77%
C- 74-75%
D+ 70-73%
D 65-69%
D- 60-64%
F Below 60%

A grade of "C-" is the University required minimum grade for Majors courses.

Grade Components

Grades will be determined as follows:

Grade Category 

Percent of Final Grade 

Prep Quizzes (total of 10 quizzes, worth 10 points each) 


Teach One Another Assignments (total of 12, worth 20 points each) 


Ponder and Prove Assignments (total of 11, worth 30 points each) 


 Final Paper  


Weekly Reflections (total of 14, worth 1 point each)  




Late Assignments

Assignments will be accepted late with 5% taken off the grade for each day the assignment is late (Sunday and national holidays are exempt from this penalty.) There is no allowance for extra credit work in this course.

Discussion Boards and Quizzes may not be made-up or submitted late. A student earns a "zero" for the assignment. There are no exceptions to this.

Required Format for Submitting Assignments

NURS 338 Assignments must be submitted only as Microsoft Word documents or Microsoft Powerpoints. Acceptable documents formats are .docx, .doc, or .rtf. Each assignment must be attached to I-Learn. Do not "copy & paste" nor type your paper into the "comments" section of the I-Learn assignment. When the assignment requires multiple documents to be submitted, I-Learn will accept multiple documents. They must all be submitted at the same time. You cannot re-enter I-Learn to "add" another document.

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Mandatory Assignments

Students must submit written assignments (whether they receive points or not) in order to receive the grade earned in the course. A student will receive a failing grade if all assignments have not been submitted.

Discussion Boards

The Discussion Board (DB) is intended to be scholarly discussion of various issues and topics of concern for nurses. Students read a peer's posting and then make insightful comments and ask probing questions. This is a forum where students explore and discover new ideas and truth together. Discussion Boards are graded writing exercises, they are not chat rooms. In your posts you will apply course reference materials to your past or present clinical experience, so including references is expected and part of the discussion. Please review NURS 338 Discussion Board Presentation to help you write excellent discussion board posts. If the video doesn't show up, try removing the "s" from the "http" in the url.

Annotated Bibliographies

Some units require reading and understanding of journal articles. You will provide an "Annotated Bibliography" of these articles. This is accomplished by first reading the article and then summarizing it in a one paragraph paper. This is to be provided in APA format. Begin your annotated bibliography with the reference of the article, followed by your summary. Examples are posted in I-Learn.

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

The Brigham Young University-Idaho Learning Model is utilized in this course. Each lesson will have information for you to:

Technology Requirements

You will submit NURS 338 assignments as Microsoft Office or Microsoft PowerPoint documents. Microsoft Office is free to BYUI students. Download and install Microsoft Office.

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Additional Requirements for On Campus Students

Campus students are required to attend each of the four scheduled classes. Students are notified of the scheduled dates at the beginning of the semester. Class points may be attached to this requirement or a grade reduction may be imposed for absences.

Course Outcomes

Course Outcome 1: Identify the ethical, legal, and moral ramifications of research activities in relation to human rights.  (UO 1, 5, 6; PO 2, 4; BE I, VIII)

 Course Outcome 2: Examine how integration of nursing research improves patient care and informs evidence-based nursing practice.  (UO 2, 3; PO 1; BE II, III)

 Course Outcome 3: Evaluate the quality of research studies using established criteria.  (UO 4; PO 3; BE III, VII )

 Course Outcome 4: Differentiate among nursing research methods.  (UO 4; PO 3; BE I, IV, IX)

 Course Outcome 5: Demonstrate understanding of the research process by developing a limited nursing research proposal.  (UO 4; PO 3; BE II, III, VI)

 Course Outcome 6: Evaluate personal, spiritual, and professional growth through reflective journaling.  (UO 1. 2. 4, 5, 6; PO 3, 5; BE I, VI, VIII, IX)