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NUR 540
Week 1 Discussion 1
This week, you will be submitting a research topic and problem statement for use in your
research proposal to your instructor for approval. Share your proposed research topic and
problem statement with your classmates. Explain why you chose this topic and why it is
meaningful in the field of nursing. Then, review at least two of your classmates’ research
questions and explain why you do or do not feel the questions are appropriate for the research
proposal. Offer suggestions for improvement as needed.
Week 1 Discussion 2
A successful literature review is a key component to any research project. Conducting good research
without a solid foundation is difficult. What are some of the most critical components of a good literature
review? How will you ensure that you write a successful literature review for your planned research
proposal? What are some of the challenges you foresee when writing your literature review?
Week 2 Discussion 1
What are the key differences between quantitative and qualitative research? Why would you choose to
develop a research project that is quantitative instead of qualitative, or vice versa? What are some
considerations to be made when deciding between quantitative and qualitative research?
Week 2 Discussion 2
What are some of the challenges involved in combining methodologies when creating a research
proposal and carrying out a research project? How can these challenges be overcome?
Week 3 Discussion 1
When you develop a research project, you need to have a reliable and valid method of measurement in
your study. Using your anticipated research proposal, how will you address the issues of reliability and
validity? What concerns do you have over reliability and validity in your study and how will you overcome
these concerns? Next, read two of your classmates’ posts and analyze how they addressed reliability and
validity in their studies. Do you have any recommendations for improving reliability and validity?
Week 3 Discussion 2
Appropriate sampling is a critical component in developing a good research project. Using your approved
research questions and research topic, explain your anticipated sampling method and why this is
appropriate for your research proposal. What is your sample size? Next, read and review two of your
classmates’ posts and analyze their sampling approach. Are their sampling approaches appropriate?
Why or why not?
Week 4 Discussion 1
Appropriate data collection is a critical component in obtaining useful data for your research. Using your
proposed research topic and research questions, explain your plan for data collection. Discuss potential
issues in your data collection plan and your plans to overcome these challenges. Then, respond to at
least two or your classmates’ posts and analyze their plan for data collection. Are their plans appropriate
for their research project? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?
Week 4 Discussion 2
Watch the interactive video on ethical research from the nurse’s perspective. (Detailed directions on
accessing the research interactive scenario are included in the course.) Conducting research with strong
ethical principles is a critical component of being an effective nurse researcher. What did you learn from
participating in the interactive lessons on ethical principles in research? Are ethics in research clear cut,
or do you think there are some gray areas? Explain your answer. How will you ensure that your research
is conducted in an ethical manner? What potential challenges might you face?
Week 5 Discussion 1
What are some ethical issues to keep in mind when using Internet-based research? How can you
address these issues? Are you going to make any edits to your literature review that you submitted earlier
in this course now that you have learned more about Internet-based research? Why or why not?
Week 5 Discussion 2
Discuss the value of qualitative research and ethical considerations related to this type of research.
Week 6 Discussion 1
This week, you will be submitting a data analysis plan for your research proposal. Share your research
questions and research project as well as your anticipated type of quantitative analysis with the class.
What quantitative test/s are you going to conduct on your data (t-test, correlation, chi-square, regression,
ANOVA, ANCOVA, etc.) and explain why you feel this is the best test. Then, examine at least two of your
classmates’ posts and comment on their chosen methods of analysis. Do you have any suggestions for
improvement? Are there any concerns regarding their chosen methods?
Week 6 Discussion 2
Using your research questions and research topic, identify your independent and dependent variables.
Next, identify your research hypothesis and null hypothesis. Then, comment on two of your classmates’
posts and explain whether their research hypotheses and null hypotheses are appropriate for their
identified research questions.
Week 7 Discussion 1
Discuss the steps required to submit research to a professional journal, and what you feel will be the
biggest obstacle? Why?
Week 7 Discussion 2
Read the article on the impact of maternal prenatal smoking on the development of childhood overweight
in school-aged children (Links to an external site.) from the WCU library. Is the article quantitative,
qualitative, or something else? State the study design, research question, and the strength and limitations
of the study. Can the study results be generalized? Why or why not?
Week 8 Discussion 1
What is the significance of evidence-based practice to health care? Discuss the most reliable evidencebased sources.
Week 8 Discussion 2
Now that you have submitted your research proposal and you are preparing to submit your research
proposal presentation, how confident do you feel about developing a research proposal as part of your
future career as a nurse researcher? Explain your answer. What questions or concerns do you still have
about conducting research in nursing?

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