Course Descriptions NURS 5000   Intermediate Statistics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides graduate students with a working knowledge of statistical issues and methods commonly used by researchers in the Health Professions. The statistical software package SAS is introduced and used by students throughout the course. Topics covered include a review of probability and one or two sample interferences for means and proportions. This is followed by some common experimental designs, contingency tables and odds ratios. Final topics are correlation and linear regression (simple and multiple), analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and logistic regression. A term data analysis project is required in which students make use of both statistical methods learned in class and the SAS software package.
PREREQUISITES: MATH 1060.03
CROSS-LISTING: HESA 6500.03, HEED 5503.03, LEIS 5503.03, PHAR 5980.03, PHSE 5503.03, KINE 5503.03, STAT 5990.03

NURS 5050   Nursing Philosophy, Knowledge and Theory
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course explores the major philosophical and methodological underpinnings of science and knowledge. This exploration will inform a critical analysis of how nursing knowledge has evolved and will illuminate how the experience of nurses, along with the production of knowledge, meanings and values, can best be understood. Learners will develop an understanding of the assumptions underlying different research paradigms and the knowledge they generate by exploring issues such as: What is science? How has science evolved? What is knowledge? What is truth? What are the various research/science paradigms? How is knowledge translated into action?

NURS 5060   Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course explores the processes of research and scholarly inquiry in nursing research utilization and knowledge to foster evidence-based practice. Students will explore the fundamental principles governing Quantitative and Qualitative research methods, identify clinical research questions, learn the essential components of literature searches and critiques, and develop a better comprehension of research utilization and evidence based practice in the clinical setting.

NURS 5100   Qualitative Research Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In this qualitative research course, we will differentiate between method and methodology. The latter addresses all assumptions which guide research as a political process. Method refers to the ways in which data are collected, or the techniques for designing methods of analysis. Various methodologies will be examined in detail in order to acquire an understanding of the differences in assumptions between traditional qualitative research and critical, action oriented, participatory, and feminist qualitative research.

NURS 5110   Qualitative Research: Learning Grounded Theory
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In this qualitative research course, students will commence with a brief review of the assumptions associated with the Qualitative Research Paradigm, moving into a discussion of classical, Straussian, and constructivist Grounded Theory. The primary focus of this course will be on the study of the methodology and application of the methods associated with Constructivist Grounded Theory.
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5120   Quantitative Research Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
There is a basic structure and process to the development of a design for scientific inquiry. This course focuses on research methods in general and quantitative research methods in particular. These research methodologies are used in nursing science as they relate to the development and/or testing of theoretical formulations, design, critique, and writing of research proposals.

NURS 5130   Critical Social Theory, Postmodernism and Discourse Analysis: Theory as Social Activism
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Students will critically examine how research paradigms such as critical social theory, postmodernism, discourse analysis, feminist poststructuralism, Queer theory, Black theory and Indigenous theory can inform social activism and political movements. Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills and apply theory to their own research and practice.
FORMAT: Seminar
FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
RESTRICTIONS: Master of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, PhD (Nursing)

NURS 5140   Community-Based Research Methodologies for Addressing Health Disparities
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This graduate course will examine Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to understand how this paradigm can help address the social determinants of health. Students will become familiar with key epistemological underpinnings of CBPR, ethical challenges posed by CBPR, methodological CBPR considerations in building partnerships, and knowledge translation of CBPR findings.
FORMAT: Seminar
PREREQUISITES: A previous course or courses in qualitative research methods is an asset
RESTRICTIONS: M

NURS 5200   Health Care System Policy Analysis
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Health policy can be defined as “a set of interrelated decisions, taken by authorities, concerning the selection of goals and the means of achieving them” (as defined in A Code of Good Practice on Policy Dialogue). This seminar course examines critical issues and trends affecting health policy in addition to the management practices of healthcare delivery services in Canada. Students engage in analytical debate while drawing on the assigned readings, other research, and their own clinical experience. Discussions incorporate historical and global perspectives as well as a range of influencing factors to understand, test, challenge, and contrast the effectiveness of current health policy in relation to the healthcare system in Canada.

NURS 5330   Theoretical Concepts & Competencies Related to the Helping Relationship in Advanced Nursing Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course examines the multiple challenges to effective interpersonal interaction in today's constantly changing, high-stress healthcare environments with multiple stakeholders. It is designed for advanced practitioners who encounter interaction challenges with clients, peers, and colleagues at staff and managerial levels. The course examines current models of helping in terms of their varied philosophical underpinnings, roles, and responsibilities. The course also considers alternative modes of helping and vehicles for interaction. A unique feature of this course is that it provides opportunities for students to practice alternate approaches and to develop advanced roles and competencies using case studies and simulated subjects.

NURS 5485   Principles and Theories for Nurse Practitioner Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This master's level course will introduce all nurse practitioner students to a general healthcare focus of populations across the lifespan and in multiple clinical settings. This course will consist of theories, terminology, point-of-care technology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment directed towards a population of all ages. Theories of family, change and adult learning will be presented to guide the nurse practitioner student in the development of a holistic plan of care for health promotion and disease prevention, health maintenance, health assessment, and acute and chronic disease management.
FORMAT: Seminar
FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar with practicum component
PREREQUISITES: NURS 5740

NURS 5486   Principles and Theories for Health and Disease Management in Adult Nurse Practitioner Practices
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will expand on the nurse practitioner student's knowledge, skills, and competency in health promotion, health maintenance, health assessment and management of disease in adults. The focus is the adult population (18+) who seeks healthcare services in multiple clinical settings. A strong emphasis will be placed on health issues and common illnesses of adults with higher acuity levels and comorbidities, recognizing the acute and chronic nature of disease and targeting optimal health outcomes.
FORMAT: Seminar
FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar with practicum component
PREREQUISITES: NURS 5734.03, NURS 5740.03, NURS 5485.03

NURS 5487   Principles and Theories for Health and Disease Management in Family All Ages Nurse Practitioner Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is designed for nurse practitioner students who have chosen the Family All Ages focus for their future practice. Students will utilize a family focused approach in assessing clinical and research literature as a means of developing competence in health promotion, health maintenance and cultural sensitivity in caring for clients in the community setting.
FORMAT: Seminar
FORMAT COMMENTS: Seminar with practicum component
PREREQUISITES: NURS 5734.03, NURS 5740.03, NURS 5485.03

NURS 5488   Principles and Theories for Health and Disease Management in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course focus is the neonatal population. Emphasis will be placed on the management of health issues and common illnesses of high risk neonates, recognizing the acute and chronic nature of disease and targeting optimal health outcomes. The course will build on previous course work of advanced assessment/diagnosis/treatment using primary healthcare principles to optimize patient outcomes.
FORMAT: Seminar
PREREQUISITES: NURS 5485.03, NURS 5732.03, NURS 5734.03, NURS 5740.03

NURS 5540   Health Needs of People: Theoretical Insights and Application
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course involves an examination and analysis of theories, concepts, research, and practice knowledge that is relevant to the health needs of people. This course is grounded in the primary health care philosophy of the graduate program "that recognizes and respects the unique strengths and contributions of individuals, families, and communities."
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5550   Marginalized Populations: Theoretical Insights and Applications
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course involves an examination and analysis of theories, concepts, research, and practice knowledge regarding marginalized populations - those systematicaly pushed away from economic, social, political, and cultural participation and power. Students will be challenged to develop an of the unique health experiences and challenges faced by marginalized individuals who are relegated to, or find themselves on, the margins of society.
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5560   Transformative and Innovative Health Systems Planning
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The goal of this seminar course is to explore and discuss the structure of current health care systems in both developed and developing countries (particular focus on Canada) and the multiple factors that influence how health care is designed and delivered.
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5570   Introduction to the Science and Practice of Knowledge Translation
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course will introduce students to knowledge translation theory, practice and research methods. The goal of the course is to highlight relationships and conflicts between different conceptual and theoretical approaches to knowledge translation.
FORMAT: Seminar

NURS 5610   Advanced Practice Role Development
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The focus of this course is the role of advanced practice nurses in healthcare. Emphasis will be on the examination and critique of the role components of the clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and combined roles. These components include: direct care, consultation, coaching, research, collaboration, leadership/administration and ethical decision-making. Issues surrounding the implementation of these roles within various healthcare contexts and clinical specialties will be discussed.

NURS 5620   Advanced Practice Role Practicum
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and analyze previously developed knowledge and skills in an intensive clinical practice experience directly related to the student’s chosen client population/discipline in an advanced nursing practice role. Practice settings will offer experiences with clients experiencing acute and chronic illness states with multiple and complex care needs. While implementing the advanced practice role, students will consider the organizational, political, and healthcare policy-related issues that relate to advanced nursing practice and change in healthcare delivery that affect role development and implementation.
FORMAT: Other (explain in comments)
FORMAT COMMENTS: Clinical Practicum Experience
PREREQUISITES: NURS 5486.03, or NURS 5487; NURS 5732.03; NURS 5734.03; NURS 5735.03; NURS 5740.03; NURS 5610.03 is a pre or co-requisite