ANES 4071
Research Skills for Anesthesia Assistants

1.0 Credit


Students establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research design, data collection, and analysis. The language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process are examined. Students begin to critically review literature relevant to the field of anesthesia and determine how research findings are useful in informing their practice.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced


Recommended Requisites: It is highly recommended that the student be a RRT, RN, MD or an equally qualified individual with at least 1 year of clinical experience prior to taking this course. Taking this course does not imply admission to the Anesthesia Assistant Program.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss research design and data collection methods.
  • Discuss data analysis and interpretation.
  • Describe the dissemination of health research information.
  • Critically review literature relevant to the field of anesthesia.
  • Evaluate research by Levels of Evidence and Grades of Recommendations classifications.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to Research
  • Module 2: Research Design and Data Collection
  • Module 3: Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Module 4: Research Dissemination
  • Module 5: Levels of Evidence and Grades of Recommendations

Maximum Completion

30 weeks

Required Text and Materials

  1. Harvey, B. J., Lang, E. S., & Frank, J. R. (Eds.). The research guide: A primer for residents, other health care trainees, and practitioners. Ottawa, ON: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2011.
    Type: ISBN: 978-1-926588-09-4

Students also are encouraged to have a dictionary handy to look up unfamiliar terms. The following is recommended:

  1. Porta, M. (Ed.). A Dictionary of Epidemiology. 6th ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Additional Requirements

Computer with internet access

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project..

Students applying this course toward any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet the program requirements.

Assignment 1: Anesthesia Evidence Inventory and Article Critique 10%
Quiz 1: Study Designs and Statistical Analysis 25%
Quiz 2: Research Dissemination and Levels of Evidence 15%
Final Project: Case Studies 50%
TOTAL 100%