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The aim of this assignment is to develop student’s skills in critiquing quantitative research papers. The capacity of nurses to systematically critique evidence is vital to the conduct of evidence based practice. Work on the research articles for this assignment to examine and critique. You need to have viewed the ereading-Critical appraisal of a journal article UCL or review the SECREV tool on the EBP POD site, prior to commencing this assignment activity. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen study in relation to the following points. The two readings listed above will assist you to understand the strengths of a particular paper through the provision of a critique reference framework against which to measure your paper.. • Where was this paper published? • What is the impact value of the Journal and what is the value of knowing this measure? • Who were the authors of the paper? o Are the qualified to conduct this study? • What is the research question of the study? o Is it clearly stated? • What is the methodology of the Study? • Is the chosen methodology congruent with the aim of the study? • Suggest an alternative methodology and list the potential benefits of using this methodology. • What knowledge does this paper add? Would you use this study to inform your practice? You need to justify your decision based on your answers to the questions above. You will need to support the points and arguments that you make with at least three (3) correctly cited references (in-text and reference list). Marks will be awarded for structure of the assignment and development of an argument to support the use of your chosen paper in practice. Dot points interrupt the flow od a discussion/ argument and are not recommended. It is highly recommended that you visit the marking rubric for this assignment to assit you to structure and weight your paper. Performance standard Assessment criteria Excellent Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Introduction (20%) Purpose of essay clearly stated. 10% Clear outline of scope and purpose of the assignment. Sound grasp of the essay topic is evident. Succinct & engaging. Critique framework introduced. Topic reasonably well introduced. Scope and purpose of essay has minor inaccuracies. Purpose of essay is introduced however with some ambiguity and purpose of the essay has some inaccuracies however mostly relevant and acceptable. Topic not well introduced. May be rambling and lengthy, too short, uninformative or unclear. Scope and purpose of essay is unclear. Structure/headings of essay clearly stated 10% Structure/headings of essay clearly stated and accurate. Clearly stated structure. Minor discrepancies between headings of essay and the essay content. Adequately stated structure/headings of essay. Quite a few discrepancies between headings of essay and the essay content. No structure/headings of essay stated. May be major discrepancies between stated structure/headings of essay and content. Critique (50%) Critique of the Author’s, title, and journal 15% Title, authors and journal clearly and accurately examined in accordance with the guidelines for critical review. Title, authors and journal clearly and accurately examined in accordance with the guidelines for critical review .Minor inaccuracies or omissions evident. Title, authors and journal clearly and accurately examined in accordance with the guidelines for critical review. Inaccuracies or omissions evident. No Examination of title authors and journal. Survey may have major elements missing or incomplete. Critique of methodology and methods of the study 15% Methodology and methods examined in accordance with guidelines for critical review. Methodology and methods of the study examined in accordance with critical guidelines. Minor inaccuracies or omissions evident. Methodology and methods adequately critiqued in accordance with guidelines for critical review. Inaccuracies or omissions evident. No critique of methodology or methods. Critique may have major elements missing or incomplete. Discussion of the relevance of the chosen study to inform clinical practice 20% Sound arguments developed and examples, evidence, reasoning, comparisons and so on expertly used to support the use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice. Arguments well developed and examples, evidence, reasoning, comparisons and so on competently used to support use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice arguments. Arguments adequately developed and examples, evidence, reasoning, comparisons and so on, adequately used to support the use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice . No arguments developed in the essay. Examples, evidence, reasoning and so on, seldom used to support the use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice. Critical thinking and writing (20%) Writing expression and presentation clear and well organised 20% Excellent sentence structure and grammar. Minimal or no spelling errors. The paper flows extremely well. Minor problems in sentence structure and grammar. Minor errors with spelling, but minimal problems with flow / readability. Quite a few problems in sentence structure & grammar. Frequent spelling errors. Several problems with flow of the paper. Meaning is still clear. No clear flow, difficult to understand the meaning. Readability is seriously limited by poor mechanics, grammar, spelling or word usage. References (10%) Correct use of Harvard in-text and list style referencing style 5% Correct use of in-text referencing style with NO errors. Correct use of reference list style with NO errors. Mostly correct in-text referencing style with few minor errors. Mostly correct use of reference list style with few minor errors. Has occasional errors but mostly conforms to correct in-text referencing style. Has occasional errors but mostly conforms to correct use of reference list style. Incorrect use of in-text referencing style. Incorrect use of reference list style. At least one additional research textbook used as references besides required textbooks and readings 5% More than one research textbook expertly used. More than one research textbook used as references. One research textbook used as references.. No research textbook used as references. References may be not be relevant. Markers Name Grade Overall comment

The aim of this assignment is to develop student’s skills in critiquing quantitative research papers. The capacity of nurses to systematically critique evidence is vital to the conduct of evidence based practice.

Work on the research articles for this assignment to examine and critique. You need to have viewed the ereading-Critical appraisal of a journal article UCL or review the SECREV tool on the EBP POD site, prior to commencing this assignment activity.

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen study in relation to the following points. The two readings listed above will assist you to understand the strengths of a particular paper through the provision of a critique reference framework against which to measure your paper..

• Where was this paper published?
• What is the impact value of the Journal and what is the value of knowing this measure?
• Who were the authors of the paper?
o Are the qualified to conduct this study?
• What is the research question of the study?
o Is it clearly stated?
• What is the methodology of the Study?
• Is the chosen methodology congruent with the aim of the study?
• Suggest an alternative methodology and list the potential benefits of using this methodology.
• What knowledge does this paper add?

Would you use this study to inform your practice? You need to justify your decision based on your answers to the questions above. You will need to support the points and arguments that you make with at least three (3) correctly cited references (in-text and reference list).

Marks will be awarded for structure of the assignment and development of an argument to support the use of your chosen paper in practice. Dot points interrupt the flow od a discussion/ argument and are not recommended.

It is highly recommended that you visit the marking rubric for this assignment to assit you to structure and weight your paper.

Performance standard
Assessment criteria Excellent Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Introduction (20%)

Purpose of essay clearly stated.

10% Clear outline of scope and purpose of the assignment. Sound grasp of the essay topic is evident. Succinct & engaging. Critique framework introduced.
Topic reasonably well introduced. Scope and purpose of essay has minor inaccuracies.

Purpose of essay is introduced however with some ambiguity and purpose of the essay has some inaccuracies however mostly relevant and acceptable.
Topic not well introduced. May be rambling and lengthy, too short, uninformative or unclear. Scope and purpose of essay is unclear.

Structure/headings of essay clearly stated
10% Structure/headings of essay clearly stated and accurate.

Clearly stated structure. Minor discrepancies between headings of essay and the essay content.

Adequately stated structure/headings of essay. Quite a few discrepancies between headings of essay and the essay content.
No structure/headings of essay stated. May be major discrepancies between stated structure/headings of essay and content.

Critique (50%)
Critique of the Author’s, title, and journal
15% Title, authors and journal clearly and accurately examined in accordance with the guidelines for critical review.
Title, authors and journal clearly and accurately examined in accordance with the guidelines for critical review .Minor inaccuracies or omissions
evident.
Title, authors and journal clearly and accurately examined in accordance with the guidelines for critical review. Inaccuracies or omissions evident.
No Examination of title authors and journal.
Survey may have major elements missing or incomplete.

Critique of methodology and methods of the study
15% Methodology and methods examined in accordance with guidelines for critical review.

Methodology and methods of the study examined in accordance with critical guidelines. Minor inaccuracies or omissions evident.
Methodology and methods adequately critiqued in accordance with guidelines for critical review. Inaccuracies or omissions evident.
No critique of methodology or methods.
Critique may have major elements missing or incomplete.

Discussion of the relevance of the chosen study to inform clinical practice
20% Sound arguments developed and examples, evidence, reasoning, comparisons and so on expertly used to support the use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice.
Arguments well developed and examples, evidence, reasoning, comparisons and so on competently used to support use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice arguments.
Arguments adequately developed and examples, evidence, reasoning, comparisons and so on, adequately used to support the use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice . No arguments developed in the essay.
Examples, evidence, reasoning and so on, seldom used to support the use of this knowledge to inform clinical practice.

Critical thinking and writing (20%)
Writing expression and presentation clear and well organised
20% Excellent sentence structure and grammar. Minimal or no spelling errors. The paper flows extremely well. Minor problems in sentence structure and grammar. Minor errors with spelling, but minimal problems with flow / readability.
Quite a few problems in sentence structure & grammar. Frequent spelling errors. Several problems with flow of the paper. Meaning is still clear.
No clear flow, difficult to understand the meaning. Readability is seriously limited by poor mechanics, grammar, spelling or word usage.

References (10%)
Correct use of Harvard in-text and list style referencing style
5% Correct use of in-text referencing style with NO errors. Correct use of reference list style with NO errors.

Mostly correct in-text referencing style with few minor errors. Mostly correct use of reference list style with few minor errors.
Has occasional errors but mostly conforms to correct in-text referencing style. Has occasional errors but mostly conforms to correct use of reference list style.
Incorrect use of in-text referencing style.
Incorrect use of reference list style.

At least one additional research textbook used as references besides required textbooks and readings
5% More than one research textbook expertly used.

More than one research textbook used as references.

One research textbook used as references..

No research textbook used as references.

References may be not be relevant.

Markers Name
Grade
Overall comment

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