Module code: NUR3225

Module Overview

Students will have a choice of dissertation options (as set out above) which will involve a review the current evidence base related to an area of professional interest and the development of a proposal to conduct a research study or improvement project to address an identified need.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

STENNER KL Dr (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B700

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Study Skills: critical appraisal and reflection at BSc (Hons) level; project planning; undertaking a literature review; writing a research proposal or improvement project

The role of clinical guidelines

Tools for appraising evidence

Research ethics, the role of Ethics Committees and research governance

Research design, methods, and analysis, including basic statistical terminology

Evaluation and improvement methods

The benefits and importance of patient and public involvement

How research findings and evidence are disseminated

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the above learning outcomes.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Completion of a dissertation as outlined above. Students will not be expected to undertake the proposed research or improvement project.

8,000 words


Formative assessment

Students will submit elements of their dissertation to their supervisor. An online test will be available and workshops provide opportunity for formative assessment by peers and teaching staff.



Supervision of the project will be through a named Supervisor with 8 hours of supervision per student. Supervision will be organised using a combination of small supervision group work and one to one tutorials, and will include opportunities for formative feedback. Students will be given further guidance on the expectations of the dissertation during the module.


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • To enable students to critically appraise research.  Students will further develop the skills to appraise evidence for health, care and well-being, therefore enabling them to become competent at employing research and evidence based practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Appraise where different types of research sit within the hierarchy of evidence and the application of evidence to practice guidelines and policy. (K) K
2 Critically appraise qualitative research design, methods, and analysis. KC
3 Critically appraise quantitative research design, methods, and analysis including basic statistics. KCT
4 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the key ethical issues in research and the role of ethics committees, as well as the principles of ‘good clinical practice' within clinical research. KCP
5 Demonstrate understanding of research policy and funding, and the ‘research architecture' of the NHS. KP
6 Explain the benefits and importance of patient and public involvement in research. PT
7 Utilise an appropriate search strategy to retrieve, review and critically appraise information and published literature within your field of practice and develop a research proposal. KCT
8 Demonstrate the ability to work independently and take responsibility for seeking guidance in relation to completion of a literature review and research proposal. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: offer a blend of learning methods designed to support the learning needs of students who may have had a break from academic study.


The learning and teaching methods include:



Seminars with group discussion

Individual student supervision

Online learning

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Primary and Community Care (Community Childrens Nursing) (SPQ) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Delivering Quality Healthcare BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.