SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B723324
Module Leader Wendy Mayne
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module introduces students to scientific enquiry and the role of evidence based practice to nursing. Students will learn about the types of evidence within evidence based practice in nursing, how to source research articles using key databases and how to read and understand journal articles. Students will develop their literature searching and scientific writing skills, including using references to support their work, descriptive academic writing, correct terminology, structure and writing in the 3 rd person. They will also learn about the basic philosophy of science and implementing evidence into real world practice.


How to learn at university Introduction to evidence Introduction to evidence-based practice Types of evidence (research, professional guidelines, grey literature, policy directives) Searching for literature How to read a journal article Extracting key points from a journal article Descriptive academic writing skills Using references to substantiate your work Scientific writing (terminology, structure, 3 rd person) Introducing the philosophy of science Implementing evidence into real world practice NMC Domains D1 9

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Utilise descriptive academic writing skills, in order to communicate an argument of relevant issues2. Explain the relevance of evidence-based practice to nursing3. Identify the different sources of evidence underpinning evidence based practice4. Employ simple database searching skills to source research, journal articles and other evidence5. Develop the ability to read and understand suitable evidence to underpin nursing theory and practice6. Appreciate how to apply evidence based nursing in practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. Students may elect to study the module either online or face-to-face, but may not transfer between the two. The teaching and learning strategy used will enable students to understand evidence based practice and its importance to improving patient care . Strategies used will include a mixture of blended and flipped classroom approaches to facilitate flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning. A series of core lectures will be supported with facilitator and student-led tutorials and directed learning utilising facilitator and student led activities. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience.

Indicative Reading

Aveyard, H. (2013) A beginner's guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care, 2 nd Edn., Open University Press: Maidenhead (online) Craig, J. V. & Smyth, R. L. (2012) The evidence-based practice manual for nurses, 2nd edn., Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: Edinburgh (online) Ellis, P. (2013) Evidence-based practice in nursing, 2 nd Ed., Learning Matters:Exeter Greenhalgh, T. (2014) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence based medicine , 5 th Edn., Wiley-Blackwell (online) Hek, G. & Moule, P. (2011) Making sense of research, 4 th Edn., Sage Publications: London Jolley, J. (2013) Introducing research and evidence-based practice for nursing and healthcare professionals 2 nd Edn. Pearson Education: New York. (online) Polgar, S. & Thomas, S.A. (2013) Introduction to research in the health sciences, 6th edn., Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh (online) Polit, D. & Beck, C., (2013) Essentials of nursing research: appraising evidence for nursing practice, 8th edn., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins:Philadelphia -360

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop academic writing, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Understand research and other types of evidence and be able to describe their importance and relevance to theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Essay - 2000 words.