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NURS 7105 Analyzing & Constructing Conceptual & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Nursing Knowledge Development: Theory, Philosophy and Science,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:University of Utah

Pre-requisites: Instructor Consent

Course Description: OVERVIEW OF CONTENT: This course provides students with the techniques to explore the structure of concepts and theories and to explore their role in research and practice. Students will learn to identify the level of development of concepts and theories, and how to develop them further using the literature as data or via qualitative methods. We will explore the structure of nursing knowledge, and methods of concept identification, delineation, comparison and clarification. Students will also critique existing conceptual and theoretical frameworks including the determination of their usefulness for application in research. We will discuss methods of concept and theory modeling and the development of mid-range theory, within the context of research programs. By the end of the course the students will be competent in critiquing and using concepts and theories in their research and practice, and in developing conceptual frameworks. Students will also understand the complementary and incremental nature of nursing knowledge development. OBJECTIVES: By the end of the semester, students should be able to – 1. Critique and analyze the structure of nursing knowledge, concepts and theories; 2. Evaluate the structure and level of development of concepts, and recognize how to proceed to develop a concept; 3. Identify how concepts perform dynamically according to context and in trajectories, and to generalize using processes of de-/re-contextualization; 4. Construct conceptual frameworks or mid-range theory by modeling and/or linking allied concepts; 5. Demonstrate continued proficiency in searching and critiquing the literature related to a specific content area.


Method of Instruction: synchronous

Delivery Platform: Internet Video Conferencing

Campus visits required: None

Course Contact: Heather Clarkson



Tuition: current NEXus tuition rate


Other considerations: PhD students welcome!


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: 002
Instructor: Jan Morse, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-07-19
End Date: 05-03-19


Section: 02
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-06-20
End Date: 05-02-20


Section: 091
Instructor: Jan Morse, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-19-21
End Date: 05-05-21

This course meets using Internet Video Conferencing (or Zoom, depending on instructor preference). Please make sure you are available to attend class: Thursdays, 2:30PM-5:30PM in the mountain time zone.


Section: 091
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-10-22
End Date: 04-27-22

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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