Core Module Information
Module title: Promoting Excellence in Midwifery Research and Practice

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

Module code: MID11121
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 explore the philosophies which underpin professional midwifery practice. You will examine core academic skills which will facilitate personal and professional development. Social theories will be introduced that will provide you with explanatory and evaluative frameworks for your practice as a midwife, including the professional, legal and ethical codes of practice. You will learn the key principles of values based and women/person-centred care. 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 also be explored.
You will also build your knowledge and understanding of ethics. With a particular focus on the ethical principles for research, research governance and formal processes for research ethics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically assess the philosophies that underpin and impact upon the health and wellbeing of women, people and their families, including the human rights of women/people and newborn infants.

LO2: Use social theories to critically explore the role and scope of the midwife in the 21st Century, including the importance of professional roles and the role of the NMC in protecting the public.

LO3: Evaluate collaborative relationships within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working, including the third sector in the context of evidence-informed practice.

LO4: Critically engage with local, national and international research and scholarship in midwifery and related fields and use this knowledge to inform decision making and develop practice in relation to professional knowing and being.

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

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The content of this module be delivered using a blended approach and will provide a combination of recorded bite size lectures, online interactive group seminars, directed reading and curated online resources. 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 used 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, evidence based practice and team working (LO 1-4). Group work: Will support information retrieval, debate, situational analysis and professional enquiry (LO 1-4).

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.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will be the preparation of a presentation using a social theory/explanatory framework for a research proposal as part of a group seminar. To be completed in week 8.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assignment is a 3500 word written assignment to be submitted in the form of a research proposal 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)
Online Seminar 12
Online Lecture 12
Online Tutorial 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1-4 13 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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