Spring 2021

NURS 7383-001 Qualitative Methods II: Applications in Nursing Science

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We will meet via Canvas conference on January 14, 2021 at 1pm. Please find the link in the Canvas course.


Janna Lesser, PhD, RN
E-mail: lesser@uthscsa.edu
Cell Phone: (210) 845-3764
Office Hours: by appointment

Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
E-mail: gills@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-3014
Office Hours: by appointment


This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to conceptualize a research problem from a qualitative perspective, to study one specific method (grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, hermeneutics), and to practice qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis in that method.  Students will have opportunities to write a mini-proposal guided by a qualitative research question and leading to a specific qualitative research approach to the problem.  There will be opportunities for participating in Mock reviews of qualitative research proposals (either as investigator or reviewer).  Students will learn the IRB approval process with qualitative proposals and will have opportunities to develop pilot research strategies building to a dissertation proposal.  Strategies will include interviewing, focus group, or participant observation following the selected method.  Through this process students will practice and learn strategies and processes for conceptualizing and implementing a qualitative study guided by a specific qualitative methodology.


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



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.


  1. Apply a specific qualitative research process to address a clinical nursing problem.
  2. Synthesize information about a health care problem that is amenable to nursing research into a mini proposal employing a qualitative research approach.
  3. Apply specific strategies appropriate to a selected qualitative method to collect data.
  4. Interpret qualitative data using initial coding procedures appropriate to the method and collected data.




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)


25% Interview                                           
25% Photo Elicitation                         
25% Participant Observation
25% Coding/Analysis               
100% Total

A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  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.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


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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Kvale, S. (2014). InterViews: Learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing. Sage. ISBN-13: 978-1452275727

Pink, S. (2013). Doing visual ethnography. Sage. ISBN-13: 978-1446211175

Richards, M. & Morse, J. (2007). README FIRST for a user's guide to qualitative methods. Sage ISBN: 1-419-2743-9 

Saldana, J. (2015). The coding manual for qualitative researchers. Sage. ISBN:978-1-4739-0248-0

Spradley, J.P. (1979) . The ethnographic interview. CA: Wadsworth Group/Thomson Learning. ISBN: 10:0-03-044496-9

Spradley, J.P. (1980). Participant observation. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc. ISBN: 30445019

Wolcott, H.F. (2009). Writing up qualitative research. 3rd ed. Sage. 978-1-4129-7011-2


 I. Specific qualitative research design 

  1. qualitative research questions (specific to selected method)
  2. framing the problem in qualitative language and building to research question
  3. use of literature to frame a specific qualitative research problem
  4. describing strategies to assure rigor in qualitative research
  5. protection of human subjects participating in qualitative research
 II.  Interviewing
III.  Participant observation strategies
IV.  Data management
V.   Coding Techniques
VI.  Ethics of qualitative research

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 We will meet via Canvas conference on January 14, 2021 at 1pm. Please find the link in the Canvas course.

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