Core Module Information
Module title: Understanding Research And Evidence Based Practice

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

Module code: NUR08104
Module leader: Natasha Spassiani
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing

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

Description of module content:

This module is designed to provide you with some of the skills required to identify challenges relevant to your field of practice, and to understand how research and evidence can be used to address these challenges. Most importantly, in this module you will consider how these key skills apply to your field of nursing, and how you can use research and evidence to inform day-to-day practice (evidence-based practice). You will explore how research and evidence based practice go hand in hand rather than seeing research as an abstract or ‘other’ thing separate from day-to-day work. In the module, we will explore different approaches to research, and how you can use research findings to better inform your nursing practice. To do this we will learn about different types of study, different types of data, and begin to learn about how data can be used and then interpreted to make it meaningful. We will consider qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to research.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Using the evidence base, identify and describe a contemporary challenge related to your field of practice.
LO2: Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different types of research applied to your field of practice.
LO3: Select an appropriate way to answer an applied research question relevant to your field of practice and explain your selection.
LO4: Give examples of how research data can be used to help address contemporary challenges related to your field of practice.
LO5: Make observations about the role of research in informing evidence based practice applied to your field of practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jennifer Murray
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered via mainly practical, task-based and group discussion-based classes. A small number of lectures will also be delivered to provide contextualisation for the practical tasks. Inclusive learning will be promoted through a blend of learning strategies to support different learning needs. Lectures and tutorials will be used to deliver core concepts and ideas relating to production and use of research in nursing (LO1-5). Materials and activities will be provided via the virtual learning environment to supplement and compliment your learning within lectures and tutorials (LO1-5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The practical components of the module allow students to develop transferable skills, such as group-work, written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills. It will afford students training in: interpreting and understanding research, reflecting on and applying research to the relevant field of practice. Tasks and course content have been developed to support students to consider, reflect on and apply their learning on research and evidence based practice to their practical skills, to best make relevant the teaching and learning experience.

Formative Assessment:
Week 5: Identify and describe a contemporary challenge that is (a) relevant to your field of nursing and (b) could be usefully addressed through research (200 words). Peer and tutor feedback will be given in class session.

Summative Assessment:
Week 15: A 1000 word professional blog post discussing a contemporary challenge relevant to your field of nursing. In the report students will describe the challenge (LO1), discuss strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to addressing the challenge (LO2), select and explain a potentially useful way of using research to help address the challenge (LO3, 4,) and make observations about how research can inform evidence-based practice in your field of nursing (LO5). This will be written and posted to an online private blog area, so requires both academic and technological skill building.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 8
Face To Face Tutorial 16
Online Guided independent study 16
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 LO 1-5 14/15 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NUR08104 - Understanding Research And Evidence Based Practice