Master of Health Studies (MHST) 603

Facilitating Inquiry


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


In MHST/NURS 603, we examine a number of issues related to our roles in facilitating inquiry. We investigate values that drive research questions, and identify appropriate research methods to facilitate inquiry in our fields of practice. We also learn basic elements of quantitative and qualitative research methods. In this journey to facilitate inquiry, we learn to become more research-minded in health care practice. We will also learn a variety of approaches to data collection and analysis through “doing” mini projects in assigned lab groups.

Course Goals

MHST/NURS 603 is designed to help students achieve the following course goals.

  1. Identify philosophical viewpoints in research methods.
  2. Identify values that drive research questions.
  3. Explain methodology used in quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.
  4. Conduct a variety of research activities (e.g. interviews, focus groups, statistical analyses)
  5. Explain the relationship of research to the development of theory and subsequent application.
  6. Propose ways to incorporate research into health care practice.
  7. Critically evaluate various aspects of research reports.
  8. Develop awareness of ethical issues in research.

Course Materials

  • Study Guide (online)
  • Online Readings (these are hot linked within the course)


Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2016). Practical research: Planning and design (11th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Technical Requirements

Computer System

In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.

Course Outline

MHST/NURS 603 comprises 7 units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Thinking about Research: Getting Started
  • Unit 2: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Research
  • Unit 3: Research: Designing the Process
  • Unit 4: Research Using Qualitative Methodologies
  • Unit 5: Research Using Quantitative Methodologies
  • Unit 6: Research: Utilization and Dissemination
  • Unit 7: Research: Wrap-up: Issues and Questions

Assessment Structure

In the MHS and MN: Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 percent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).

The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:

Conference Participation and Resource Forum: 20%
Assignment 1:
Qualitative Research Assignment | Due Week 5 |

Assignment 2:
Use of Statistics | Due Week 9 |

Assignment 3:
Lab Group Integrated Report & Presentation | Report Due Week 11 and Presentations | Due Week 11 and 12 |

Total 100%

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Updated November 04 2016 by Student & Academic Services