Research and Evidenced Based Practice

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Jemma Cornwall

Course Director Name:  Jemma Cornwall

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:, ext.3095

Course Director Contact Information:, ext. 3095 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Lower Leeward Hall   

Course Director Office Hours:  will be delivered via zoom, details to be given

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Lower Leeward Hall

Course Director Office Location: Lower Leeward Hall

Course Support:   Ms. Cecilia George McSween -, ext. 3095 & Ms. Karima John-Lewis  –, ext. 3769

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course introduces the philosophical and historical aspects of nursing theory development, the basic components and differences of qualitative and quantitative research. Additionally, the ethical perspectives of research and theory development, and the application of nursing theory to nursing research and theory will be taught. This course also addresses problem formulation, research designs, human subject protection, and dissemination of findings. It explores the role of nursing research in the development of nursing knowledge, and the impact of research on practice and patient care outcomes. This course also focuses on enhancing the student's ability to read, comprehend, evaluate, participate in, and apply research findings.

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the terminology in and the components of research reports.
  2. Analyze the relationship between the descriptive results of research and the selected conclusion of the reports.
  3. Relate the sampling methods and study sample to results, conclusions, and clinical meaningfulness of the study.
  4. Interpret the strengths and weakness of research designs in relation to sampling, data collection methods, and the meaning of the results and conclusions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Differentiate the terminology in and the components of research reports.
  2. Analyze the relationship between the descriptive results of research and the selected conclusion of the reports.
  3. Relate the sampling methods and study sample to results, conclusions, and clinical meaningfulness of the study.
  4. Interpret the strengths and weakness of research designs in relation to sampling, data collection methods, and the meaning of the results and conclusions.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

NPO 1. Integrates nursing and health care knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe, ethical and effective patient centered nursing care, representing the patients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities and the health care delivery system. (Nursing practice)

NPO 2. Demonstrate a level of professionalism that is congruent with the inherent values, ethics and behaviors of the discipline of nursing. (Professional conduct)

NPO 3. Engages the patient to understand the link between health promotion strategies and health outcomes across the life cycle. (Health promotion and maintenance of wellness)

NPO 8. Identifies one’s own professional development needs by engaging in reflective practice in the context of lifelong learning and to participate in processes to shape the health care delivery systems and advance the profession. (Professional reflection and visioning)

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Essential of Nursing Research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice, Online text, Denise F. Polit & Cheryl Tatano Beck 

Supplementary Readings/Resources: These will be posted on Sakai

Course Grading Requirement: 



Submission criteria

Week 2

Two research questions (PICO questions)

Literature critique




Forum must read all posts and reply x2

Week 3

Critical thinking in research


Forum must read all posts and reply x2

Week 3

Informed consent form



Week 4

The link for theory and practice


Forum- must read all posts and reply x2 

Week 9 

Create and analysis of questionnaire

Outline sampling method, data collection method and analyzing methods on two research questions


Sakai via turn it in

Week 13 Research critique


Forum must read all posts and reply x2

End of term

Research proposal


Sakai via turn it in

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to be engaged, complete all assignments on time and to their best ability. Additional reading and independent learning is expected.

Course Schedule

17th January 2022  to 6th May 2022







Week 1

 Tuesday 18th January

-Introduction and Course


-Polit & Beck,  



20TH January


-Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

-Definition of Research, Evolution of Nursing as Science 

-Sources of Evidence for nursing practice Research questions and hypotheses

Chapters 1 & 2

Week 2



January 25th







January 27th 




-Key Terms in EBP

Identifying Research Questions & Hypotheses




Key Concepts and Steps in Research

Reading and critiquing research reports 




-Polit & Beck, 

Chapters 2, 4 & 6

Using page 46 create two feasible research questions (PICO) one qualitative and one quantitative Submit to Forum.


Exploring an area of interest conduct a literature search using Google Scholar Answer the following

  1. How relevant is the research problem to the actual practice of nursing? Does the study focus on a topic that is considered a priority area for nursing research? 
  2. Is the research quantitative or qualitative? 
  3. What is the underlying purpose (or purposes) of the study— identification, description, exploration, prediction/control, or explanation? Does the purpose correspond to an EBP focus such as treatment, diagnosis, prognosis, harm and etiology, or meaning? 
  4. What might be some clinical implications of this research? To what type of people and settings is the research most relevant? If the findings are accurate, how might

    the results of this study be used by me

    Submit to Forum


Week 3


Tuesday  February 1st




Thursday February 3rd

 How to access literature data bases

Guest speaker




Ethics in Research

 Read and answer all questions for discussion pg. 138 (Renker’s study) In class discussion.



-Polit & Beck, Chapter 5





Chapter 5

Create an informed consent form for one of the questions created in week 2 download and review SGU IRB forms

Week 4



 February 8th 






February 10th 



Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks

Paradigms for nursing research relating to methods




The link for theory and practice



-Polit & Beck, Chapter 8  

Read pages on Paradigm, 14–20,

562 methods and, 16–18

research problems and, 146–148, 162



Using the questions in week 2 link a suitable theory to each one read pg. 211 for guidance submit via forum.

Block  2




Week 5

Tuesday   February 15th



Thursday  February 17th  


Quantitative research design



Week 6



February 22th 



February 24th 



Qualitative designs and approaches





Week 7


March 1st 




March 3rd


Mixed Methods and specific types of Research

  • Clinical trials
  • Outcomes
  • Evaluation




Chapter 11









Week 8




3/7/22- 3/11/22



Mid Term 


Pg. 73 and Chapter 12

Taking the two research questions in week 2 outline sampling method, data collection method and analyzing methods.


Block 3 







Week 9










Mixed Method Research 

Clinical trials Outcomes, Evaluation




Systematic Reviews: Meta analysis & Meta Synthesis




Polit & Beck 

Chapter 11& 19


 Polit & Beck 

Chapter 19 




Week 10







 Polit & Beck Ch.


 Due :  1. Discuss criteria for using Meta-analytic technique in systemic reviews . 2. discuss (5) major steps in the conduct of meta-analysis (3)Discuss advantages to using systemetic methods.  Submit scholarly Paper to Sakai 



Week 11







Statistical Analysis of Qualitative  Data Guest Speaker – Dr Solomon




  Polit & Beck 


Chapter 15 & 17


Block 4








Week 12













Statistical Analysis of Qualitative Data 


Guest Speaker – Mr. Stefan Hypolite




Polit & Beck 


Chapter 17 



Due: Research Proposal 

Week 13




Week 13






Development of research instruments  (  questionnaires and Interviews )



Polit & Beck  Chapter 13


See Examples of  Questions Box



Due:Using Survey monkey for research: Create questionnaire- distribute and collect data. Create descriptive Statistics and illustrations to present your work Submit to SAKAI


April 15

Good Friday       Holiday 

No Class

 No Class


April 18 

Easter Monday   Holiday 

No Class

 No Class

Week 14 


April  19 & April 21



Analyzing  of Data Trustworthiness & integrity in Qualitative and Quantitative Research 


Guest Lecture cookie experiment Dr. Solomon  

Polit & Beck 


Chapter 15,16,17,18

Due: Qualitative Research Critique use Pg. 99 as template submit to Sakai 

 Due: Quantitative Research Critique use Pg. 99 as a Template to submit to Sakai 

Week 15 






End of Term Review 


Work on Term paper 






Week 16




2/5/22- 6/5/22



End of Term 





Research Proposal 


School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.