Okay...let's see. I took nursing research this past summer, and basically, you learn about the different parts of a research article and what you find in those sections (the abstract, lit review, etc.) You learn basic history of medical research leading to the measures taken today to protect subjects in experiments. You learn about the different types of studies (qualitative vs. quantitative and then the subtypes of those). Methods of data collection, statistical analysis of data, and types of inferences, correlations, and conclusions which relate to different data collection methods and experiment designs are also taught. There was much more, but that's just a kind of brief synopsis.
The class I took had many assignments done on a bulletin board for WebCT, three exams plus the final, and a project which entailed groups of us examining different research articles on the same type of subject (for example, my group looked up articles on various aspects of the treatment of pediatric pain).
I personally found the class to be very helpful. I learned to better be able to find all those pesky nursing journal articles needed for referencing in care plans
, etc. quickly. It was also helpful because the following semester, and now again for my senior synthesis project, we had to pretty much design and implement our own research project.
Hope this is all helpful to you!