Scientific Method and Health Care

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|[pic] |Syllabus | | |College of Natural Sciences | | |HCS/465 Version 1 | | |Health Care Research Utilization |

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Course Description

This course introduces students to the purpose and process of research as applied to health care. Students will examine the role of statistics and various research methods. In addition, students will analyze the key elements of evidence-based research within health care.


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Course Materials

Neuman, W. L. (2009). Understanding research. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

Neutens, J. J., & Rubinson, L. (2010). Research techniques for the health sciences (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

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|Week One: Defining Research and the Research Process | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives |Describe the components of the research process. | | | | |Identify research methodologies. | | | | |Explain the role of literature reviews in the research process. | | | |Readings |Read the Week One Read Me First. | | | | |Read Ch. 1, 2, 3, & 14 of Research Techniques for the Health Sciences. | | | | |Read Ch. 1 of Understanding Research. | | | | |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. | |2 | |Nongraded Activities and |Study the Summary Review: Different Types of Periodicals table in Ch. 2 of Understanding | | | |Preparation |Research for examples of peer-reviewed scholarly journals. This will help with the Applying | | | |Applying the Background...
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