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NUS 700 Advanced Theory Construction and Development
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Nursing Knowledge Development: Theory, Philosophy and Science,


Course Level: Doctoral Advanced

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:University at Buffalo

Pre-requisites: Basic Theory Course

Course Description: This course focuses on the critical analysis of the methods used in the construction of theory and is designed to be a functioning bridge between theory and research. Emphasis will be on the construction of theoretical propositions that can be empirically tested. Course Objectives 1. Analyze various theoretical models according to their concepts, definitions and propositions. 2. Evaluate the significance, consistency, parsimony and testability of the theory. 3. Synthesize how the characteristics generate empirically testable hypotheses. 4. Project possible feedback from the empirical test of a hypothesis to the theoretical model. 5. Debate the appropriateness of one theoretical model over another as a theoretical basis for a selected research problem.


Method of Instruction: This course will be given in a blended format to include both synchronous and asynchronous components. Students will access course materials via UBLearns (Blackboard), and attend lecture/discussions via videoconferencing software (Polycom Desktop). Technology specs and suggestions can be found here:

Delivery Platform: Blackboard (Syncrhonous)

Campus visits required: None

Course Contact: Jennifer VanLaeken



Tuition: NEXus common tuition


Other considerations: Tuesday, 9am-11:50am EST


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: NUS 700
Instructor:Dr. Darryl Somayaji
Credits: 3 / Semester

Synchronous course: meets Wednesdays 1-3:50pm EST


Section: NUS 700
Instructor:Dr. Darryl Somayaji
Credits: 3 / Semester

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