Module title: Evidence Base for Contemporary Midwifery Practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID09124
Module leader: Shona Montgomery
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health

To study this modules you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module

2019/0, Trimester 1, 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: Shona Montgomery
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los: The theoretical content of the module will initially be taught using a combination of lectures, workshops and Moodle materials.
To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice group tutorials, team based approaches and on line learning will be utilised.
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 student 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, 2, 3 & 4).

Lead lectures with supporting group work: Will support professional skills development, evidence based practice and team working (LO 1, 2, 3, &4).

Group work and student led seminars: Will support information retrieval, debate, situational analysis and professional enquiry (LO 1, 2 & 4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
These skills will be enhanced by the content, teaching approaches and learning activities embedded in the module. These opportunities will promote the development of practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative and summative): The assessment strategy is designed to enable students to demonstrate key midwifery knowledge and the underpinning evidence base, problem solving skills and critical evaluation of midwifery practice and care management.

A multiple choice questionnaire, related to the research process will assess knowledge and understanding of key principles.

Summative Assessment:
Written assignment – research proposal: This is a 3500 word written assignment to be submitted in the form of a research proposal. The proposed study will involve an aspect of infant feeding that relates to the principles of the Baby Friendly Initiative. It will enable the students to demonstrate skills of critical reflection and academic writing; and encompasses learning outcomes 1 to 4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Online Guided independent study 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 100
Independent Learning Tutorial 20
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1-3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Evidence Based Contemporary Midwifery
Development of midwifery knowledge
Sources and hierarchies of knowledge
Key midwifery issues and the underlying evidence base
The Baby Friendly Initiative and the evidence base for recommendations for optimal infant feeding.
Research for Midwifery Practice
Research paradigms
Qualitative research strategies
Quantative research strategies
Research tools for acquiring evidence to support practice
Professional and ethical issues in developing midwifery evidence based practice

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect on the sources of midwifery knowledge for evidence based practice.
LO2: Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of research strategies and methods for particular midwifery research issues.
LO3: Critically reflect on the key issues in the Baby Friendly Initiative and the impact they have for evidence based midwifery practice.
LO4: Examine the core midwifery concept of mindful midwifery in relation to the potential ethical and methodological issues in the conduct of midwifery research for evidence based practice.

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