AN INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B724782
Module Leader Samantha Paterson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

none

Summary of Content

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Syllabus

-1 How to learn at university 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) Introducing the philosophy of science Implementing evidence into real world practice

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 health and social care3. 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 theory and practice6. Appreciate how to apply evidence based practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-1 The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. 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) 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 -1 Melnyk, B. (2015) Evidence Based Practice in nursing and healthcare: a guide to best practice. 3rd Edn. Walters Kluwer Health Polgar, S. & Thomas, S.A. (2013) Introduction to research in the health sciences, 6th edn., Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh (online) -360

Transferrable Skills

-1 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
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

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