SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726107
Module Leader Kirsteen Lang
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will support students in developing a critical and in-depth understanding of research in nursing, and the implications of research for their chosen field of practice. The knowledge and skills acquired in the module will develop students' ability to appraise and apply a broad range of literature to clinical practice, including best practice statements and systematic reviews. Students will be introduced to critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the use of data to inform effective nursing care. Students will further develop search strategies to construct practice-based questions. Students will explore how evidence supports change in practice, and the role of clinical audit in evaluating the effectiveness of nursing care. Finally, students will be able to understand the importance of multiple sources of evidence, including audit, patient experiences and professional experience, in the enhancement of patient care.


-360b7 The research process in nursing b7 Structured searching of a broad range of literature b7 Quantitative and qualitative methodologies b7 Analysing evidence using validated frameworks b7 Principles of quality improvement, audit b7 The importance of multiple sources within chosen field of practice b7 The impact of research on nursing practice b7 Understanding of audit process in evaluating nursing practice b7 Construction of practice-based questions b7 Legal and ethical considerations NMC proficiencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.15, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 5.1, 5.7, 5.11, 5.15 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 6.11 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.7, 7.11, 7.13

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of research in nursing and the implications of research for a chosen field of practice.2. Compare and contrast multiple sources of evidence, demonstrating understanding of the importance of each.3. Critically and systematically appraise strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative research studies aligned with an identified practice-based question.4. Synthesise different types of evidence, in the context of nursing and chosen field.5. Consider the impact and influence of evidence in delivering excellent in care.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience using case-based scenarios. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Teaching approaches will include a variety of methods which may include seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, role play, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning.

Indicative Reading

ANDR, B., AUNE, A.G., & BRAEND, J.A., 2016. Embedding evidence-based practice among nursing undergraduates: Results from a pilot study. [Online] 18, pp.30-35. [viewed 26 July 2019]. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2016.03.004 AVEYARD. H., 2017. A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-based Practice in Health and Social Care, 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. BROOKER, C. & NICOL, M., 2012. Alexander's Nursing Practice 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. DELANEY, C.W., WEAVER, C.A., WARREN, J.J., CLANCY, T.R., SIMPSON, R.L., 2017. Big data-enabled nursing: education, research and practice. Cham: Springer. DELVES-YATES, C., 2019. Essentials of Nursing Practice. 2 nd ed. Oxford: Sage. ELLIS, P., 2019. Understanding Research for Nursing Students <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&sortby=date_d&facet=frbrgroupid,include,9018558273616245762&offset=0>. Oxford: Sage. GRAY, J., GROVE. S.K., SUTHERLAND. S., 2017. Burns and Grove's the Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Oxford: Sage. GROVE, S.K., GRAY. J.R., BOMER-NORTON, C.J., DANIEL. K. M., 2019. Understanding Nursing Research: building an evidence-based practice. Sage. Oxford. MELNYK, B.M. & FINEOUT-OVERHOLT, E., 2019. Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: a guide to Best Practice <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health. MOULE, P., 2018. Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care <>: 6 th ed. Oxford: Sage. POLIT, D.F. & BECK, C.T., 2017. Essentials of nursing research: appraising evidence for nursing practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins Health.

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of: -360b7 Independent learning skills b7 Critical thinking and decision making skills b7 Study, IT and time management skills b7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice b7 Communication and team working b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving b7 Reflection

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 150.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word Essay