Course Descriptions

NUR 805. Quantitative Research in Nursing, Education, and Health Care

Co-requisite: NUR 824
This course builds on a master's level knowledge of the quantitative research process by providing an in-depth analysis of quantitative research methodology. The course includes formulation of research questions and hypotheses that are supported by an in-depth critical review of the literature and a conceptual or theoretical framework and  analysis of quantitative research designs, sampling strategies and sample size estimation, data collection methods and planning for data analysis. Emphasis is also placed on the design and critique of nursing clinical trials and epidemiologic, educational, and social science studies. On-line. (3 – hours)

NUR 806. Qualitative Research in Nursing, Health Care, and Education
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
Co-requisite: NUR 823
The purpose of this course is to examine the philosophical, historical, and theoretical foundations and epistemological perspectives of qualitative research. The course focuses on engaging the learner in activities that enhance the practical application of a wide range of methodological and analytical research techniques. Learners examine ethical and scientific issues related to the research process. Integral to this course is the emphasis upon the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative data. Prominence is given to the use of qualitative approaches in theory development and the contribution of qualitative research to expanding nursing knowledge. On-line. (3 – hours)

NUR 809. Mixed Methods Research in Nursing, Education, and Health Care
Prerequisite: NUR 805, NUR 806
This course provides a foundation in mixed methods research with an emphasis on applicability to nursing, health care and higher education.  Building on knowledge acquired from the quantitative and qualitative research courses, learners explore select phenomena of interest from a mixed methods research approach.  Attention is directed to mixed methods design selection, data collection, analyses, and discussion of findings.  Implications and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on research projects utilizing mixed methods research are also addressed.  On-line.  (3 – hours)

NUR 810. Ethics in Health Care and Research
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to critically examine ethical issues and dilemmas encountered in health care delivery and research.   Students will explore intersections of personal convictions, professional responsibilities, legal obligations, and situational dilemmas utilizing a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.  Classic and current bioethics literature will be referenced throughout the course. On-line. (2 – hours)

NUR 815. Dissertation
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Comprehensive Examination
Students work independently with faculty on his/her approved dissertation proposal. This course may be repeated as often as necessary until successful dissertation defense and while the student is in good standing. On-line. (Variable 1-6 credit hours)
NOTE: The first
 three enrollments in this course are 6 hours each; 18 hour minimum in 3 semesters

NUR 816. Foundations of Nursing Education
Prerequisites:  NUR 825 and NUR 826 or permission of faculty
This is the first course in a three cognate course sequence focusing on higher education and nursing education.  The purpose of the course is to provide a foundation for the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, competencies, and values requisite for the multiple roles and responsibilities faculty must assume in an academic setting. Historical, contemporary, education, and professional influences upon theoretical foundations and the development of curricula in higher education are explored.  Selected theories, perspectives, strategies, and issues in higher education are analyzed in order to understand their extant and future impact upon nursing education, practice, administration, and research. On-line. (3 - hours)

NUR 817. Nursing Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Prerequisite: NUR 816
The purpose of this course is to examine methods and issues in planning and evaluation of undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing.  The institutional, political, economic, and social forces that influence nursing program planning and evaluation will be discussed.  The impact of various accrediting organizations on nursing program design and evaluation will be critically examined.  Emerging trends in nursing curricula relevant to curriculum development and evaluation will be analyzed.  This is the second of three nursing education cognate courses. On-line. (3 -  hours)

NUR 818. Leadership in Higher Education
Prerequisite: NUR 817
This is the third course in a three cognate course sequence focusing on higher education and nursing education.  The purpose of the course is to provide an analysis of selected responsibilities, challenges, dimensions, and controversies inherent in the role of transformational academic leaders in higher education.  Particular emphasis will be place on selected legal, professional, and ethical issues pertinent to faculty and administrators in nursing education programs situated in institutions of higher education. Online. (3 - hours)

NUR 819. Directed Studies 
Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
This course is designed for coursework in a specific topic area that is not included in the curriculum plan.  A student may not enroll in this course unless approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, or designee.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary. On-line. (Variable hours; usually 1-3 hours)

NUR 822. Grant Writing
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify appropriate grant funding mechanisms for their area of scholarship and develop and submit a grant proposal.  Throughout the course, learners explore the various funding opportunities for clinical and educational research in nursing and other training and programmatic initiatives.  Emphasis is also placed on evaluating and revising grant proposals in response to reviewers' critique. On-line. (2 - hours)

NUR 823. Applied Statistics and Measurement I
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course is the first of a two course sequence focused on applying statistical and measurement principles and techniques in clinical and educational research.  In this course, students learn to use SPSS statistical software for univariate data analysis.  The focus is on descriptive statistics along with univariate inferential statistical procedures.  Parametric approaches along with non-parametric equivalents are applied to research data sets including chi-square, dependent and independent sample t-tests, Mann Whitney U, Wilcoxin signed ranks tests, Pearson product moment correlation and Spearman's rho.  Classical test theory is discussed as it relates to measurement error and  psychometric properties of research instruments including reliability and validity.  Levels of measurement and basic principles underlying the development of psychometerically sound instruments are applied. On-line. (3 - hours)

NUR 824. Applied Statistics and Measurement II
Prerequisite: NUR 823
This course is the second of a two course sequence focused on applying statistical and measurement principles and techniques in clinical and educational research.  In this course, students use SPSS statistical software for multivariate statistical analysis and to examine psychometric properties of research instruments including internal consistency reliability, test-retest reliability, interrater reliability, and validity assessments using correlation and factor analysis.  Statistical assumptions underlying inferential statistical procedures are examined and multivariate statistics including analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, repeated measures analysis of variance and multiple linear regression are applied to research datasets and interpreted. On-line. (3 - hours)

NUR 825. Philosophical Influences on Nursing Science
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
The purpose of this course is to explore the structure of science by analyzing historical and contemporary ways of knowing.  An examination of the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of science enables the student to consider the strengths and limitations of science.  The course provides an opportunity to explore challenges and controversies in developing nursing knowledge and nursing. On-line. (3 - hours)

NUR 826. Knowledge and Theory Development in Nursing
Prerequisite: NUR 825
The purpose of this course is to explore the scholarly development of the discipline of nursing.  Historical, contemporary, educational, scientific, and professional influences on the development of theoretical knowledge in nursing are explored.  Various methods of theory development are examined with emphasis on the skills needed for the theory analysis and theory development.  The development and analysis of theory in nursing and methods for derivation of concepts and theories to generate nursing knowledge are examined.  The conceptual basis of selected nurse theorists is analyzed. The relationship between research and clinical practice to theory generation and testing is explored. On-line. (2 - hours)

NUR 827. Dissertation Proposal Development
Prerequisite: All first year coursework listed on the full-time curriculum plan
The purpose of this course is to facilitate the development of the dissertation proposal.  An overview of the format and content for each chapter of the dissertation is presented, along with a presentation of GBCN and Mercer University dissertation guidelines.  Mercer University IRB, external IRB, and related approval document preparation are presented.  Students commence work on a synthesis of the literature for their selected area of research focus in preparation for commencing dissertation work with their committee in successive semesters.  Practical issues related to completing the dissertation are also addressed, including strategies for working with multiple members of the dissertation committee; developing the PowerPoint for the dissertation proposal defense and the final defense; and, guidelines for a successful defense presentation.  On-line.  (2 - hours)

NUR 828. Advanced Data Management in Research
Prerequisites: NUR 823, NUR 824, NUR 805, NUR 806, NUR 809
This course will provide the learner with an advanced examination of qualitative and quantitative approaches to data management.  Specifically, the processes and methods involved in managing and analyzing qualitative data, such as preparing the data for analysis; coding of data; theme / pattern identification; incorporating field notes; interpreting the results; and demonstrating trustworthiness, rigor, and authenticity in qualitative research will be explored.  Quantitative data management methods discussed in the course include the nature of quantitative data and the data base structure necessary to conduct data analysis using SPSS statistical analysis software. Preliminary data analytic strategies including evaluating for missing data, assessing for normality and data transformations and using SPSS programming to score instruments, impute data, and save command language used for data analysis are also addressed.  This course concludes with an analysis of how qualitative and quantitative data approaches can validate each other in the context of mixed methods research. On-line.  (4 - hours)

Cognate Series Courses - Nursing Education
Cognate courses are designed for students to study specifically in their area of research interest. The College of Nursing currently offers a cognate series for doctoral students to study in the area of nursing educationThe Nursing Education cognate focuses on advanced knowledge to prepare the student for increasing responsibility as educational leaders and scholars in the rapidly changing and complex environments of academe, health care, research, government or accreditation agencies and organizations.