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Guide: Assessment 1(a) – Critical analysis of nominated literature (QUALITATIVE)
Please use the questions provided in this guide to analyse one of the journal articles (available in the assessment tab on vUWS). When answering each question please explain and justify responses with reference to the current literature. Please see Standards and Criteria on page 11.
1. Background of the study (Total: 5 marks)
1.1 Briefly describe the health issue of the study’s focus?
1.2 What is the significance of the study?
2. Overview of research design (Total: 5 marks)
2.1 What was the aim of the research?
2.2 What research design was used? Was it appropriate? Why/why not?
3. Sampling (Total: 10 marks)
3.1 Who were the study participants?
3.2 What are the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the sample? Why is it important to have these criteria identified before recruitment?
3.3 What sampling technique was employed in this study? Was it appropriate for the research design? Why/why not?
3.4 How was the sample size determined? Was it appropriate? Why/why not?
4. Data collection (Total: 10 marks)
4.1 How was the data collected?
4.2 Was the data collection method appropriate for the study question and the research design? Why/why not?
4.3 Define the concept of rigor and discuss what measures were/were not taken to ensure rigor?
5. Data analysis/results (Total: 10 marks)
5.1 Identify and describe the method of data analysis? Was it appropriate? Why/why not?
5.2 What were the findings?
5.3 Can the study findings be used in other settings? Why/why not?
6. Evidence utilization (Total: 5 marks)
Would you implement the findings of this study in clinical practice? Why/why not?
7. Presentation (Total: 5 marks)
7.1 Referencing in-text and in reference list conforms to APA referencing style.
7.2 Critique supported by relevant literature using at least three recent academic references published from 2011.
Correct sentence, paragraph, grammatical construction, spelling, punctuation and presentation.