Module code: NURM164

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

WHITE Nikki (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: X210

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

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 8

Independent Learning Hours: 252

Lecture Hours: 24

Seminar Hours: 8

Module Availability

Year long

Module content

Literature Searching

Literature Review

Qualitative Research Design & Methods

Quantitative Research Design & Methods


Critical Appraisal

Research Proposals

Writing for Publication & Dissemination of Research


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION - 8000 WORDS 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Students will complete a dissertation comprising a comprehensive literature review and a research proposal related to an area of interest within the student’s scope of practice. Students will not be expected to undertake the research proposed. The word count of the dissertation = 8000 words (pass mark 50%)

Module aims

  • The module enables students to critically appraise research. Students will further develop the skills to appraise evidence for health, care and wellbeing, therefore enabling them to become competent at employing research and evidence based practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the process of conducting a focused literature review in order to deepen understanding of a particular area within your field of practice and identify gaps in knowledge KC
002 Enhance the skill of developing and applying an appropriate search strategy and eligibility criteria to identify, select, critically review and appraise literature within your field of practice K
003 Build on and further develop your ability to critically review and appraise literature that has used different study designs, methodologies and methods. C
004 Develop your ability to construct and write a research proposal clearly justifying all methodological choices and drawing on existing, relevant theory. K
005 Demonstrate an understanding of the funding environment, the broader policy and practice context within which research is conducted C
006 Demonstrate a critical awareness of ethical issues in conducting research; relevant ethical and regulatory approvals; and ‘good clinical practice’ principles. KCT
007 Demonstrate how patient and public involvement is an essential part of the research process enabling research to be identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / 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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Adult Nursing) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Children's Nursing) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Mental Health) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% 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 2019/0 academic year.