Core Module Information
Module title: Advancing Practice through Research

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

Module code: NUR09122
Module leader: Sandra Sharp
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

This module will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the different types of evidence that may be used to inform clinical practice. Specifically, you will explore different approaches to undertaking the research process, research methods and will have the opportunity to develop your skills to critique research and its relevance to practice. You will learn how to interpret statistical analyses and qualitative data analysis. You will reflect on the ethical and professional implications of research and you will also consider factors which promote or hinder the implementation of evidence to practice. This will enable you to focus on dissemination and communication of evidence in practice. After completion of this module you will have the knowledge and skills to be able to understand the research process, appraise evidence and evaluate its appropriateness for implementation in your practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Compare and contrast different types of evidence
LO2: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the research process including statistics and qualitative data analysis
LO3: Accurately assess the ethical and professional implications of research
LO4: Evaluate the appropriateness and quality of evidence which informs and advances practice
LO5: Critically reflect on factors which promote or hinder the implementation of research evidence into practice

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The LTA approach for this module is a fully online module. The module will utilise online lecture sessions which will include supported discussion forums (L01-5). Teaching will be focused around small group-work and facilitated whole class discussions supported by trigger short lectures that focus on the core content of the module. The virtual learning environment (VLE) – known as ‘Moodle’ will be used. The units in Moodle will shadow the research process in a sequential order to guide you through the module content in a paced manner (LOs 1 to 5).
There will be on-line lectures and activities which are themed in relation to module content and learning outcomes while maintaining and utilising the opportunities for you to apply what you learn to your practice (LO4 -5). Asynchronous discussions with peers and the lecturer will support your learning and end of unit activities will be provided to promote active learning (LOs 1-5). The use of Moodle in this module gives greater flexibility so you can choose to learn at a time which suits your online tutorials with academic tutors will offer the opportunity for you to get together with fellow students in small groups to learn through interactive teaching sessions which aim to build on the content of the VLE/ Moodle (LOs 1 to 5).

Formative Assessment:
Students to submit a structured summary of the key aspects of their assignment (for example this will include a brief overview of the research process and identification of key pieces of evidence) and a brief summary of their chosen research design for their proposed summative assignment for comment by academic supervisors (1000 word template).

Summative Assessment:
There is one summative assessment for this module. This is a written assessment, split into 3 parts making up 3500 words. This will be due between week 12 & 14 of the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 16
Online Lecture 4
Online Tutorial 4
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 146
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 & 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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