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NURS 3046: Nursing project

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NURS 3046: Nursing Project

This assignment help is designed to assist you with your  Assignment 1

Synthesising primary research studies

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Understand your task

Begin by clarifying the assessment requirements. Read the assignment instructions and marking criteria supplied on your course site. The video below explains more about writing assignments at uni.

If you need to develop a research topic/question, visit the Formulate a Question tab on this guide to learn how.

  • Doing an assignment isn't a linear process.
  • Start by reading the task in detail, so you know what you need to do.
  • The assignment instructions and feedback sheet will explain the structure of your assignment.
  • You can find out more about different assignment types on the Study Help website.
  • You might need to revise your assignment plan as you go - this might happen a few times before you write your final draft!
  • As you read more, your argument should evolve to incorporate new information.
  • Make sure you use reliable resources to support your argument.
  • To interpret your task you will need to identify the content words and phrases - these show what you have to focus on.
  • The instruction words tell you how to approach the content, for example, describing something is different to comparing.
  • Identify the limits of your assignment by looking at keywords, word limits and other instructions.
  • Start the process early to get ahead.

Evaluating information

You should critically evaluate all resources found to determine their appropriateness for your assignment. The video below explains more.

  • Having access to a lot of information can be overwhelming.
  • Evaluating information helps you decide what resources you should use.
  • One technique you can use is the CRAAP test.
  • Currency: How recent is the information? Does it suit your needs?
  • Relevance: Is the information relevant to your assignment?
  • Authority: Who wrote the information? Are they an expert?
  • Accuracy: Is the information accurate? Is it supported by evidence?
  • Purpose: Why was the resource created? Is there any bias?
  • You can use the CRAAP tool to think about these issues when evaluate your resources.

Evaluating relevant primary research

Primary research provides direct evidence, reporting original research, studies, or experiments and includes a hypothesis, methodology and results. Primary studies will need to be scrutinized more heavily, as they have not undergone any form of pre-appraisal.

The evidence that you can use to appraise primary research is found primarily in the methods section of a published study. The article abstract may also include some of this information. This is where the investigators address the issue of bias, both conscious and unconscious.

When evaluating the relevance of a potential primary research study, the following should be considered:

  • Who was the author or creator?
  • When was the resource created?
  •  For what purpose -  is there a context in which the source was created? Eg.: historical / social / cultural, etc.
     Is there any bias or assumption influencing the creator?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • How does the resource compare to that in other sources (both primary and secondary)?
  • How do you evaluate this resource against other sources?

Types of Primary research:

  • Pilot/prospective studies
  • Cohort studies
  • Survey research
  • Case studies
  • Lab notebooks
  • Clinical trials and randomized clinical trials/RCTs
  • Dissertations

Further information on evaluating primary research

Critical Appraisal

Critical appraisal is a process to evaluate research evidence for bias, findings in the study and for relevance.  This is essential for Evidence Based Practice in health sciences. 

Synthesis Matrix Template (.xlsx format)

Write your assignment

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Correctly reference your sources

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You must appropriately cite (‘acknowledge’) all references used in your assignment to avoid plagiarism.

Useful resources

Have you seen the Evidence Based Practice Guide?

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