Core Module Information
Module title: Research Knowledge and Skills for Midwifery Practice

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID08125
Module leader: Yvonne Greig
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will build upon your existing knowledge of how to use evidence to inform practice. This includes learning about sources of midwifery knowledge and evidence; searching, sourcing and appraising evidence and research. The learning will be within the context of professional issues, and you will receive an introduction to midwifery research career pathways.

You will develop an understanding of the stages of the research process. This will include the principles of qualitative and quantitative research; key research approaches and methods for midwifery research. The underlying principles of research such as sampling, reliability and validity will be explored.

You will also build your knowledge and understanding of ethics. In particular around the ethical principles for research, research governance and formal processes for research ethics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop insight into the knowledge and understanding of the skills required to analyse and interpret research evidence.

LO.2 Discuss local, national and international research and scholarship in midwifery and related fields and use this knowledge to inform decision making and develop practice.

LO3: Explore research data findings to support women’s evidence- informed decision making.

LO4: Discuss the importance of midwives contribution, to the knowledge base for practice and policy through research.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gail Norris
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The focus of this module is to examine the relationship between midwifery practice and the underlying knowledge and evidence base. The learning and teaching methods utilised in this module will enhance your learning and development through the following strategies:
Technology enhanced learning: Will facilitate enquiry based learning, information retrieval, information processing and problem solving skills (LO 1-4).
Lead lectures with supporting group work: Will support professional skills development and evidence based practice (LO 1-4).
Group tutorials will allow you to examine the nature of midwifery knowledge and the underpinning sources of evidence and give opportunity to critically evaluate the evidence base to midwifery practice ( LO 1-4).

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will include an outline plan of a research article critique using a chosen critique tool (500 words). This is aligned to the summative assessment and an evaluation of knowledge and understanding of key principles of the research process. To be completed Week 8.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is a 3000 word written assignment to be submitted in the form of a research critique of an article which will include an aspect of midwifery continuity of care/carer. It will enable you to demonstrate skills of critical reflection and academic writing; and encompasses learning outcomes 1 to 4. To be submitted Week 14.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Online Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 156
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID08125 Research Knowledge and Skills for Midwifery Practice