Module title: Exploring Evidence to Improve Practice

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

Module code: NMS11174
Module leader: Diane Willis
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Generic - School of Nursing Midwifery & Social Car


2020/1, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona-Jean Howson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to learning outcomes (LOs). This module encourages you to learn through your participation in a range of learning activities. The module is delivered using a blended learning approach and embraces the TESEP principles through challenging learning tasks, frequent formative assessments, collaborative learning via a peer learning community, face to face teaching and personalised learning activities (LOs 1-5). Learning materials are provided in a sequential order to guide students through the module and a suggested time planner provides guidance (and emphasis) on the need to progress through the learning materials in a self-paced manner. Learning activities include synchronous classroom and online asynchronous discussions; tutorials and active learning enabling the delivery of theory and facilitating opportunities for the students to relate the theory to the workplace (LOs 1-5). You will critically examine the literature in order to identify an authentic topic area for an employment focussed project (LO1). You will also be expected to reflect on your own practice and engage in group discussions to encourage collaboration/working and defending practice with an academic supervisor and peers (LOs 2 & 3).

Formative Assessment:
You will submit an outline of your project plan that has the support of your line manager if employed or from an idea of interest to you from the literature as a formative assessment in week 7. This should be on the template provided and around 500 words.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment requires you to produce a detailed proposal for the conduct an employment focussed project which includes a critical review of the literature underpinning the choice of topic area and clearly articulates the justification for the selection of the design, investigatory techniques, data collection and analysis methods (LO’s 1-5). This will be 3,500 word assignment

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 21
Online Guided independent study 45
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-5 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will develop a set of skills required by all professionals when undertaking an employment focussed project. Throughout the module you will be critically examining both quantitative and qualitative investigation methods as well as using a variety of problem-solving approaches and interventions to help you to learn about a range of different approaches to conducting employment focussed projects. This will help you to understand that conducting an employment focussed project requires the integration of both ‘know-how’ and ‘know-that’ knowledge
Topics included in this module are reviewing literature; formulation of researchable questions; exploration of a range of qualitative and quantitative research designs, techniques for interpreting data and developing conclusions; and report writing and presentation of findings and recommendations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise relevant literature to determine a feasible topic for employment focussed project
LO2: Justify the selection of appropriate design and investigatory techniques for employment focussed project
LO3: Defend the selection and use of data collection techniques and methods of analysis
LO4: Produce a detailed proposal to conduct an employment focussed project
LO5: Critically evaluate the impact of the employment focussed project on practice.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS11174 Exploring Evidence to Improve Practice