Spring 2018

NURS 7310-01 Theory Development, Analysis & Evaluation

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides opportunity to study a system for the development of nursing science through middle-range theory development. Learning activities include engaging in strategies for concept, statement clarification, and theory clarification. Students and faculty will dialog about theory application, theory construction, evaluation, and clinical testing of theory. The relationship between research and clinical practice to theory generation and testing is explored. The student and faculty will gain practice in strategies for middle-range theory building.

FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION

Carrie Jo Braden, RN, PhD, FAAN
E-mail:  bradenc@uthscsa.edu
Phone: (210)567-5808
Office: 2.392
Office Hours: By appointment


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides opportunity to study a system for the development of nursing science through middle-range theory development. Learning activities include engaging in strategies for concept, statement clarification, and theory clarification. Students and faculty will dialog about theory application, theory construction, evaluation, and clinical testing of theory. The relationship between research and clinical practice to theory generation and testing is explored. The student and faculty will gain practice in strategies for middle-range theory building.

CREDIT AND TIME ALLOCATION

Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)

PREREQUISITES


Prerequisite OR Concurrent:

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program students will:

  1. Advance the discipline of nursing through the generation of new knowledge and theory.
  2. Demonstrate excellence as a clinical researcher in the health sciences in a focal area of nursing.
  3. Synthesize theories from natural and/or behavioral sciences for application to a specified area of nursing.
  4. Advance evidence-based clinical practice.
  5. Assume nurse scientist roles within academic health centers and other health centers and other interdisciplinary health sciences and educational institutions.
  6. Evaluate the value and knowlege components of philosophical and ethical dimensions of issues confronting healthcare and nursing.

COURSE OUTCOMES

1. Appraise role of belief/values in identification and framing of clinical  phenomena of interest selected for scholarly practice focus.
2. Determine the various levels of theory as they contribute to practice knowledge.
3. Assess the utility of various approaches to theory development as contributors to interventions and strategies that address clinical phenomena.
4. Formulate clarity of concepts of interest specified within conceptual/theoretical explanations of clinical phenomena.
5. Formulate clarity of relational/predictive statements that connect concepts of interest specified within conceptual/theoretical explanations of clinical phenomena.
6. Evaluate the merits of selected conceptual/theoretical explanations of clinical phenomena.

CLINICAL OUTCOMES

N/A

GRADING SCALE FOR GRADUATE COURSES

A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION / GRADES

75% - Paper

10% - Class substruction exercise

10% - Student co-led discussion class

5% - Class contributions


100% Total

CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE

Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.

APA GUIDELINES

The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY

Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.

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ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.

REQUIRED TEXT / REFERENCE

 

Walker, L. O., & Avant, K. C. (2010). Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing. (5th Ed.) Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Swanson, R.A. & Chermack, T.J. (2013). Applied Disciplines. (1st Ed.) San Francisco, CA.: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) TEXT / REFERENCE

 

There are a number of theory books available in the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) that students can check out.

Other readings:
Journal article assignments will be suggested during the course.

CONTENT OUTLINE

Module I:  Paraphernalia for Theorizing

Module II:  Concept Clarification

Module III:  Statement Clarification

Module IV:  Theory Clarification

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

CALENDAR - First Week Only
Please check the Spring 2016 Schedules for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

CALENDAR - First Week Only
Please check the
Spring 2018 Schedules for recent updates
Topic / Assignment Due:  Students will receive the four modules prior to the start of the course.  The modules will include assigned readings, etc.
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. - noon
Rm. ALTC 2.212
Module I:  Introduction to Middle Range Theory, Factors that drive theory development/generating ideas for theory development, the meaning of theory



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