The final project will be an analysis of a single Quantitative Experimental or Quasi Experimental designed research paper

1 Final Project Directions

The final project will be an analysis of a single Quantitative Experimental or Quasi Experimental designed research paper. Chapter 7 of your textbook explains what a Quantitative study is, its uses, and quantitative designs. Review page 578 of your textbook to help you understand how to critique a research study.


The purpose of doing an in-depth analysis of a Quantitative experimental or quasi-experimental designed research article is to help you put into practice the content of the course and to illustrate why the hierarchy of evidence is focused on systematic reviews. Further, your having done such a review gives you insight into the sort of thinking and questioning that arises when you are reading research articles. It may also stimulate the critical thinking that is required of the nursing scholar.

This will be your analysis and you are required to use critical thinking in analyzing your selected article. If you agree or disagree with the author, support your reasoning. If you find any component of the study lacking or in need of improvement, support your position. Support your position with scholarly resources.

Steps in the Process:

1. Refer to the Distance Learning Librarian link under the Learner Support banner on the homepage of the course to learn how to use the library and find the library databases.

2. See the assignment in week one on submitting a quantitative experimental or quasi-experimental study relevant to the practice of nursing.

3. Review the Table of Evidence in the Book of Materials for the Final Project under the FP: A Research Analysis banner. The table is a way to do a quick review of your articles. It may seem like extra work, but coming back cold to a research project can be inefficient and time consuming.

4. Follow the instructions for this assignment in week one

5. The Grading criteria, the Rubric, for the written project is found in week six.

6. Your paper is to be 5 – 10 pages not counting the title page and the reference page.

7. Submit your paper to Turnitin by the posted deadline in week six.
2 Quantitative Research Example
This example contains all the parts of a research review you will need for your final paper.

The Article – will upload (file named–Example of how to critique a paper.pdf)
3 Analyzing a Research Article PPT
Analyzing a Research Article – will upload (file named–Analyzing a Research Article VOPPT)
4 Guidelines for Reviewing a Research Paper

Elements within an Analysis of a Research Article: (Please put these sections in your 5 page paper)
In the body of your final project be sure you have written about the 14 parts of a research journal article:

1) Problem statement: In what way(s) was the problem the study was conducted to resolve an important one for nurses to explore?

(2) Study purpose: In what way(s) was the purpose of the study significant to nursing?

(3) Research question(s): What was the main research question? If it is not stated, what would you say the research question was?

(4) Study variables: What are the variables the researchers found or used in the study?

(5) Conceptual/ theoretical framework: Was a conceptual model or theoretical framework used to guide this study? .

(6) Review of related literature: Does the literature review support the need for this study?

(7) Study design: Quantitative designed research deals mostly with numbers. Groups as studied using instruments such as questionnaires, or data records. A critique of a quantitative design includes the fit of the design with the purpose and question of the study.

(8) Sample and setting: Does the sample appear to be large enough? Was the sample described as a convenience sample or in some other way described as nonrepresentative? Was the setting in which data were collected appropriate for this study?

(9) Identification and control of extraneous variables: What were the extraneous variables in this study? Were appropriate measures used to control for the influence of the extraneous variables?

(10) Study instruments/tools: Were the instruments adequate for their use in this study? In what way(s) were the instruments used appropriate for this study?

(11) Data collection methods: In what way(s) were the data collection methods appropriate for this study? In what way(s) were the steps taken to protect the rights of subjects adequate?

(12) Data analysis procedures: In what way(s) were the data analysis procedures appropriate for the type of data collected? In what way(s) were the data analysis procedures appropriate for answering the research question(s)?

(13) Strengths/limitations: What were the major strengths or the scientific merit of this study? What are two major limitations in the scientific merit of this study? To what extent were the study findings practical for use in nursing practice and education?

(14) Implications: What were the implications for practice (policies, procedures, quality monitors, plans of care, and evaluation of care)? In your opinion what are the implications for education (formal and informal, patient/family/community, staff development)? What are the implications for research utilization (EBP)? What might need further study)?
5 Table of Evidence
EXAMPLE- will up load (406 Eample of Evidence Table 3-2)
Summary of Two Studies Involving Medication Errors (ME)
Sample from Schmidt & Brown, 2nd ed.
5 Table of Evidence
5.1 Blank Table of Evidence
Here is a blank Table of Evidence -will upload (405 blank example of level of evidence, which you will be required to fill it up)
6 Research Analysis

7 Formatting a Research Critique (critique format fallB 2017)

8 Evidence Hierarchy (Evidence Hierarchy pdf)

9 PowerPoint Example (EBP PPT)
10 Final PPT Rubric
Title & Author
(3 – 5 pt)
Title is short & to the point. Student name & credentials are beneath the title. School is correct: University of Louisiana Lafayette

PPt – Overall Appearance
(14-20 pts)
Arrangement is sequential for research report. Professional creative appearance. Format with consistent font in size and color (bullets align, minimal use of color. Contains 5-10 slides.

PPt – Content
(55-65 pt)
Contains all components of the research critique: Introduction, Problem, Purpose, Hypotheses, Conceptual or Theoretical framework, ROL, Methods, Design, Results, Discussion, Significance to nursing.
Each component is concise and to the point. Minimal full sentences used.

PPt – APA & Spelling
(8 – 10 pts)
APA style citations and references are correct. No spelling or grammar errors