General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Esther Cabrera Torres
Carolina Chabrera Sanz 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • CB3_That students have the ability to gather or interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • CE6_Apply health care information and communication technologies and systems

  • CE16_Ability to describe the fundamentals of the primary level of health and the activities to be developed to provide comprehensive nursing care to the individual, family and community. Understand the role and activities and cooperative attitude that the professional must develop in a Primary Health Care team. Promote the participation of individuals, families and groups in their health-illness process. Identify and analyze the influence of internal and external factors on the level of health of individuals and groups. Apply the necessary methods and procedures in their field to identify the most relevant health problems in a community. Analyze statistical data related to population studies, identifying possible causes of problems and health. Educate, facilitate and support the health and well-being of members of the community whose lives are affected by health problems, risk, suffering, illness, disability or death.

General competencies
  • CG6_Basing nursing interventions on scientific evidence and available media

  • CG13_Know the principles of health and socio-health financing and use the available resources appropriately

  • CG14_Establish evaluation mechanisms, considering the scientific-technical and quality aspects

  • CG19_Enjoy autonomy and critical ability to use ICT

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


Nursing is an academic discipline that has experienced great transformations in recent years. No one can fail to understand nurse training without the achievement of basic research skills, just like the rest of the health professionals. Nursing as a science must go hand in hand with the scientific method.

The foundations of any discipline are the understanding of the research process, the conduct of rigorous research and the practical application of this research in the clinic. With these premises one must be aware that the nursing professional must achieve the need to base his practice on solid evidence.

The subject that is presented must give the nursing student this basic knowledge in research methodology, train them with the tools of research and promote within their learning a concern for research and scientific evidence. These skills must allow the future nurse to participate in multidisciplinary research projects, present results at national and international conferences and be able to speak with other health professionals using scientific language.

Learning outcomes

LO 23. Use the most common statistical techniques applied to population studies.

LO 42. Identify the stages of the scientific method and its application in nursing.

LO 43. To base clinical practice on scientific evidence and to use and critically evaluate scientific production, which contributes to the improvement of quality.

LO 44. Describe the characteristics of quantitative and qualitative research.

LO 45. Describe the potential and limitations of each of the techniques.

LO 46. Describe, select, encode and analyze data.

LO 47. Consult and use sources of information and databases related to nursing.

LO 48. Read scientific articles and make a correct critique.

LO 49. Identify gender biases in existing knowledge about health-illness processes.

LO 50. Know how to make inclusive and non-sexist use of language

LO 55. Relate current health needs and change towards a digital society

LO 57. Reflect on the ethical and legal aspects involved in the use of ICTs in health




Working methodology

MD1. Expository class sessions

MD2. Seminars

MD6. Face-to-face tutorials in groups or individually

MD11. Self-employment


Topic 1

Importance of nursing research. Historical evolution. The concept of evidence-based nursing.

Topic 2

Information sources. Means of access to scientific documentation. Specific databases in nursing. Literature review.

Topic 3

The scientific method: The research process. Hypothesis. Research questions. Population and sample. Variables, measuring instruments. Data analysis. Critical reading of a scientific article. Validity and reliability of health measuring instruments.

Topic 4

Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and their application in nursing.

Topic 5

The designs of research studies. Observational, descriptive designs. Observational, analytical designs. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Topic 6

Development of a research protocol.

Topic 7

Research ethics. Ethical considerations in research. Research committees. How to pass a CEIC.

Topic 8

Dissemination of results. Oral communications, posters, scientific articles. Abstract elaboration / oral communication.


Learning activities

Typology Activity



AF1. Master class



AF5. Seminars



AF6. Teamwork



AF9. Personal study



Evaluation system

Evaluation system


SE1. Exam (written test)


SE3. Teamwork


SE5. Seminars









The assessment of the subject is continuous, through different tools to assess the achievement of each of the skills necessary to pass the subject. The assessment of specific skills is done through a written test on the content of the subject and the preparation of a group project.

The final written test must have a grade higher than 5 in order to be averaged with the rest of the assessment tests. The only test subject to retake is the final written test.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

Group work cannot be done or recovered individually. In the event that any member of the group does not record the delivery of the work by individual or group decision, the work will be evaluated with a 0.

According to article 5 of Royal Decree 1125/2003, the results obtained by the student are graded according to the numerical scale from 0 to 10, with the corresponding qualitative rating: suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honors.

Recovery period

The only assessment activity subject to recovery will be the written test and it will consist of a final exam in the recovery period where a grade higher than 5 is required to make an average.

NOTE: According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a "suspended" grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.




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