Module code: NUR3225

Module Overview

Students will complete a dissertation 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 to address an identified need.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

STENNER Karen (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

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 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
001 Appraise where different types of research sit within the hierarchy of evidence and the application of evidence to practice guidelines and policy. (K) K
002 Critically appraise qualitative research design, methods, and analysis. KC
003 Critically appraise quantitative research design, methods, and analysis including basic statistics. KCT
004 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the key ethical issues in research, the role of ethics committees and research governance. KCP
005 Demonstrate understanding of the key processes and stages in research.
006 Explain the benefits and importance of patient and public involvement in research. PT
007 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
008 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

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:


  • Lectures,

  • 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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (School Nursing) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Healthcare Practice BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
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
Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) 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 2023/4 academic year.