SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB926134
Module Leader Emma Green
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable knowledge and understanding of health and social care research methods and their importance for health and social care professions. Students will be supported to develop their critical appraisal skills regarding all aspects of research process; identifying knowledge gap(s), research question, methodologies, data methods, data analysis and ethics. Students will be supported to identify an appropriate gap in the evidence base and identify a relevant research question. The students will then be supported to synthesise and appraise a body of evidence on a relevant topic, provide appropriate analysis and interpretation of the findings and demonstrate implications for practice emergent from the research. By the end of the module, students should be equipped to critique, synthesise and evaluate research relevant to their profession to inform professional practice and prepare them for critical thinking skill expected at masters level study.


-360 1. Evidence based practice, policy and professional context 2. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research paradigms 3. Information searching skills 4. Research questions, methodologies, data methods, data analysis and ethics in qualitative and quantitative research 5. Critical appraisal skills 6. Evaluation and synthesis skills to evaluate a body of evidence -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate critical appraisal skills in evaluating and analysing relevant health and social care research and identify relevant and appropriate gaps in evidence base2. Demonstrate evaluation and analysis of contemporary health and social care research paradigms3. Demonstrate research knowledge and skills to develop an appropriate research question using evidence informed approaches within a relevant topic for professional practice within Health and social care4. Demonstrate critical appraisal and evaluation of research designs, methodologies, data collection and analysis and ethics5. Critically evaluate and synthesise a body evidence to provide an interpretation of the findings and develop original implications for practice and / or policy

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered online only. The module will embrace a wide range of online interactive tools provided asynchronously to support flexible, independent learning for students. This will include the use of narrated lectures or webinars that can be accessed synchronously or asynchronously to provide key note lecture to introduce research concepts and topics. This will be complemented by a wide range of interactive online discussion platforms, interactive polling/ quizzes, and other interactive medium to support discussion, and engagement in developing knowledge of research and critical appraisal skills. The virtual learning environment will provide a range of additional material and resources such as videos, links to websites, reports or scanned book chapters. Formative assessment will provide students with the opportunity to develop a shared understanding of the assessment criteria. The assessment will require students to complete a critically appraised topic on a relevant professional subject guided by module lead/ tutors.

Indicative Reading

Indicative reading Core Texts - This is the text that we will be using on the module so it is recommended that you buy it to support your learning. It is also used on the programme so you will get more use out of it than just this module . Taylor RR (2017) Kielhofner's Research in Occupational Therapy Methods of Inquiry for Enhancing Practice, 2 nd ed, Philadelphia: FA Davis Company Recommended Reading - These resources will be widely used in the module Ajetunmobi O (2002) Making sense of critical appraisal London: Arnold Aveyard H, Sharp P (2017) A beginner's guide to evidence based practice in health and social care London: Open University Press Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency of health Research: The equator network Available at: <> Greenhalgh T (2019) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence based medicine and healthcare 6th ed, Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Hong QN, Pluye P, Fe0bregues S, Bartlett G, Boardman F, Cargo M, Dagenais P, Gagnon M, Griffiths F, Nicolau B, O'Cathain A, Rosseau M, Vedel I (2018) Mixed methods apprials tool (MMAT) Available at: <> JBI Critical appraisal tools Available at: <> Additional Reading - These are reading suggestions and a used to stimulate wider reading to support your learning. Please seek out your own resources as well and do not be constrained by this list. Aveyard H, Payne S, Pearson N (2016) A post-graduate's guide to Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide, Maidenhead, Open University Press. Booth A, Sutton A, Papaioannou D (2016) Systematic approaches to a successful literature review (2 nd ed) London: Sage CASP Checklists Available at: <> Creswell JW, Creswell JD (2018) Research design qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, 5th ed, London, Sage. Crombie IK (1996) The pocket guide to critical appraisal: a handbook for health care professionals.London: BMJ Books Law M, MacDermid J (2013) Evidence-based rehabilitation (3 rd ed) Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc Polgar S, Thomas S (2019) Introduction to research in the health sciences, 7th ed, Edinburgh, Elsevier.

Transferrable Skills

-360 In undertaking this module, the student should develop and consolidate skills in the following areas: dissemination formats; accessing information sources; research and data manipulation; using information technology; problem solving; independent and self-regulated study; forward planning and management of time; critical thinking, appraisal and writing; reflection on development needs; information dissemination.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 168.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Critically Appraised Topic - 3000 words