GS/NURS 53003.0 - section M - Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing Science (Winter 2014)

Course Director: Professor Mary Fox RN, PhD

 A. Calendar Course Description

This online course focuses on the acquisition and the application of fundamental concepts, methods, and procedures of quantitative nursing research required to develop a research proposal; including but not limited to: developing researchable questions, designing research, selecting appropriate methods, and analysis strategies.

Co-requisite or prerequisite NURS 5100 6.0 or with permission of the Course Director.

 B. Expanded Course Description

 This course will enhance the student’s knowledge in quantitative research methodology, one of the multiple ways of knowing in nursing.  The student will develop the skills required to develop a research proposal using quantitative research methods by completing key steps in this process.


By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  •  Formulate researchable questions and hypotheses;
  • Understand the relationship between theory and research;
  • Synthesize current literature pertaining to the research questions;
  • Articulate the linkages between the research question and study design;
  • Compare and contrast various quantitative research designs;
  • Understand threats to the internal validity of quantitative research designs and methods to reduce such threats;
  • Identify appropriate data collection methods
  • Identify the validity and reliability of data collection instruments; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge in a selected number of data analysis techniques, such as multiple regression and ANOVA.

 This is an Internet course and students are required to regularly access Moodle and their email account.  Note that email communication about the course should be via your email.  Access to Moodle requires a Passport York login and password.  If you have managed to obtain a copy of this outline, but do not yet have a Passport York account, go to to set one up.  To access Moodle, go to and remember to join the course so you can obtain materials and start posting.

 C. Required text.

 Polit, D.F., & Beck, C.T. (2012). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.


Recommended texts.

  •  American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  •  Minia Pallant, J. (2008). SPSS survival manual (2nd  ed.): A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS for windows (Version 12). Chicago, IL: Open University Press.
  • Trochim, W. (2005).  Research methods knowledge base. Helpful website for review of Research- methodology:

Research Articles.

Research articles will be listed on the course Moodle site. All articles are available online through York’s library.