Module code: NUR3171

Module Overview

This module is builds on students’ previous studies of the research process e.g. NUR1025 and provides opportunities for students to analyse different research approaches as well as apply this knowledge to practice in an informed manner

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

WHITE Nikki (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  Completion of previous year modules.

Module content

Indicative  Content:

  • Literature Searching

  • Critical Analysis

  • Quantitative methodologies, analysis and basic statistics

  • Qualitative methodologies and analysis

  • Research Ethics

  • Patient and Public Involvement in Research

  • Recommendations to change practice

  • Real Life Research Stories 

  • Practicalities of Clinical research

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Students will complete a dissertation comprising of an extended literature review on a topic of interest within the student’s scope of practice and development of associated recommendations for practice development. The word count of the dissertation = 8000 words (pass mark 40%).       

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of module learning outcomes

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 8000 word extended literature review on a topic of interest within the student’s scope of practice and development of associated recommendations for practice development

Formative assessment

Each student will be given a supervisor and eight hours of supervision during the module


Time will be given within each taught session to allow for feedback; there will be drop in sessions within the module timetable and in addition to the set timetable. Written feedback will be given both for the formative and summative assessment

Module aims

  • The module enables students to critically appraise research.  Students will further develop the skills to appraise evidence for health, care, and well-being.  It will prepare students for a career where research and evidence based practice are seen as central to the scope, roles and responsibilities of their future profession.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Utilise an appropriate search strategy to retrieve, review and critically appraise information and published literature within your field of practice T
003 Appraise where different types of research sit within the hierarchy of evidence and the application of evidence to practice guidelines and policy. K
004 Critically appraise strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research design, methodology, methods and analysis, including basic statistics. C
005 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 health and social care research. KCT
006 Explain the benefits and importance of patient and public involvement in research. K
007 Demonstrate the ability to work independently and take responsibility for seeking guidance in relation to completion of a literature review and developing recommendations for research, policy and practice based on that review. T
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the current healthcare agenda and its impact on health and social care provision K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: facilitate students’ independent learning and provide a range of approaches to learning to motivate students and meet individual needs. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 Online key note lectures


Face to face and virtual group discussions

Video clips/broadcasts

Specified reading 



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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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 2023/4 academic year.