SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B723326
Module Leader Maria Renwick
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of Progression Point 1

Summary of Content

The module will enable participants to recognise the value of research evidence to nursing, midwifery and health care practice. Students will be able to identify useful and relevant sources of evidence and use effective strategies to access evidence. Through teaching and learning strategies students will begin to develop skills to appraise the quality of different types of evidence and strategies for the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) will be discussed.


Introduction to evidence-based practice; the key steps to achieving EBP; identifying and classifying questions that arise from practice; research approaches and methods to fit the questions; identifying and searching sources of health care evidence, for example the use of the databases to access primary research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses; key stages of the research process; ethical issues associated with evidence-based practice: examine the criteria to assess the evidence; identifying strategies for implementing evidence-based practice. An introduction to descriptive statistics relevant to nursing research. NMC Domains D1 9

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the learner should be able to:Discuss the application of evidence-based practice in nursingIdentify and classify different types of questions that arise from practiceDescribe approaches to research and identify methods appropriate to the investigation of different types of questionsExplain the key stages of the research processUnderstand and interpret basic descriptive statisticsUsing a guide, begin to develop skills to systematically analyse individual pieces of research evidence.Identify and interpret basic qualitative and quantitative analyses used in nursing research

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 Gerrish, K. & Lacey, A. (eds.) (2010) The research process in nursing, 6th edn., Wiley Blackwell: Oxford 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) Parahoo, K. (2014) Nursing research: principles, process and issues, 3 rd Edn, Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke Polit, D. & Beck, C., (2013) Essentials of nursing research: appraising evidence for nursing practice, 8th edn., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins:Philadelphia

Transferrable Skills

-11 Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Essay - 3000 words.