Core Module Information
Module title: Research Skills for Professional Midwifery Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID11115
Module leader: Gail Norris
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

What you will learn and what this module is about
This module will provide you with an overview of the research process and the research approaches and methods commonly used for midwifery research. You will develop the ability to critically evaluate evidence and link your understanding to midwifery practice: clinical decision making, supporting informed choice and conducting your own research.
In this module you will learn about five key areas:
The principles of evidence based midwifery practice:
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.
The research process:
You will further develop your understanding about the stages of the research process. This will include the principles of qualitative and quantitative research; key research approaches and methods for midwifery research. You will also examine the underlying principles of research such as sampling, reliability and validity.
Research ethics and governance:
You will build your knowledge and understanding of ethics. In particular around the ethical principles for research, research governance and formal processes for research ethics.
United Nations International Children’s Emergency (UNICEF) Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) standards:
You will develop your understanding of and be able to evaluate and appraise the evidence base for infant nutrition and the UNICEF BFI standards.
Writing a research proposal:
This module will include the principles of developing and writing a research proposal.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Debate approaches and methods commonly used in midwifery research, and the principles underpinning them.
LO.2 Critically appraise and interpret commonly presented, peer reviewed, midwifery evidence.
LO3: Critically reflect on the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative standards, their evidence base and how they impact midwifery practice.
LO4: Develop the principles of research for midwifery practice: utilising knowledge and skills gained throughout your learning.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Mairi Harkness
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los: The theoretical content of the module will initially be delivered 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 your learning and development through the following strategies:
Technology enhanced learning: Will facilitate enquiry based learning, information retrieval, information processing. (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 your practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.

Research/ teaching linkages: Throughout this module you will be encouraged to access library resources, and utilise an appropriate evidence base for midwifery practice.
This is achieved by examining the nature of midwifery knowledge and the underpinning sources of evidence and critically evaluating the application of an evidence base to midwifery practice.
The underlying ethos of this module is to critically review and reflect on practice and examine the nature of evidence and authoritative knowledge within midwifery. This approach is demonstrated in the learning and teaching methods outlined above.

Supporting equality and diversity: This module will conform to Edinburgh Napier university guidelines in supporting you in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. These principles underpin the module content and the philosophy of mindful midwifery care.
You are encouraged to reflect on your experiences in practice in relation to supporting equality and diversity.

Internationalisation: This module will enable you to extend your focus to one which takes into account the relationship between local and national health care needs and responses within a wider global context.
For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this is a SCNMSC theory module

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative and summative): The assessment strategy is designed to enable you to demonstrate key midwifery knowledge and the underpinning evidence base, problem solving skills and critical evaluation of midwifery practice and care management.
An outline plan for a research proposal (500 words). 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:
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 and is relevant to midwifery practice. 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 36
Online Guided independent study 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 114
Independent Learning Seminar 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID09125 / MID11115 Research Skills for Professional Midwifery Practice