Quantitative Methods of Research – NURS 815

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course is designed for those planning to write a dissertation. An examination of quantitative designs for Nursing research topics will be considered. These are: Developing a research problem, Reviewing the Literature, The Hypothesis, Descriptive Statistics, Sampling and Inferential Statistics, Tools of Research, Validity and Reliability, Experimental Research Designs, Ex Post Facto Research, Correlational Research, Survey Research, Guidelines for Writing a Quantitative Research Proposal, and Interpreting and Reporting Results of Quantitative Research.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is necessary to prepare the candidate for the process of writing the required proposal and dissertation within the School of Nursing PhD program. The PhD program requires the presentation of a proposal for research as a first step in the process of dissertation writing. This course gives the candidate the specific knowledge, skills, and practice needed to write a successful quantitative doctoral dissertation proposal.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the steps in the dissertation process for Liberty University School of Education.
  2. Explain ethical, legal, and human relations in planning and conducting research.
  3. Define quantitative research and identify the distinguishing characteristics of quantitative research.
  4. Define procedures for reviewing research literature, sampling, selecting and administering tests, and other measurement devices.
  5. Identify concepts and procedures relating to descriptive research, causal- comparative research, correlational research, experimental research, and case study research.
  6. Identify statistical techniques appropriate for analyzing data from different research designs.
  7. Critique peer-reviewed journal articles and quantitative case studies for research design.
  8. Write a brief literature review, demonstrating scholarly writing skills including acumen, clarity, and conciseness.
  9. Create a research plan that addresses a gap in the educational literature.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will complete 2 Discussions in 2 parts: 1) the posting of a thread in response to the stated prompt and 2) the posting of at least 2 replies to his/her classmates’ threads. The thread must be approximately 400 words with at least 2 cited references and 1 biblical principle integrated. Each of the replies must be approximately 200 words with at least 1 cited reference. The threads and replies must be in current APA format, must demonstrate critical analysis and synthesis, and must be both concise and substantial in nature. (MLO: B, D)

Acknowledgment of the PhD Handbook: Assignment

Please review the PhD Handbook and attach a signed receipt of the PhD Handbook by 11:59 PM of Module 2: Week 2. 

The PhD handbook is located in the PhD Program Center. 

Plagiarism Awareness Quiz

The candidate will acknowledge his/her understanding of plagiarism and the consequences of plagiarism in the course via a quiz. The quiz will be open- book/open-notes, contain 3 multiple-choice questions, and have a 2-hour and 45- minute time limit.

APA Quiz

The candidate will complete a 10-question quiz on current APA formatting. The quiz will be open-book/open notes and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: H)

Article Critiques (6)

The candidate will complete a critical analysis of 6 assigned articles. Using the provided Article Critique Worksheet, the candidate will critique the articles, identify research limitations of the articles, and reflect on the gaps and limitations of the future research in the article reviewed. (MLO: C, F, G)

Reading and Study Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. (MLO: C, E, F)

Proposal Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Building a Research Proposal lecture for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.