Professional course Evidence and Research in Practice
15 credit level 3 module
Page last updated 4 October 2021
The Evidence and Research in Practice module is available at both 15 (UZWRSS153) or 20 (UZWR38203) credits. Community Practice/District Nurse pathway students will need to undertake the 20 credit, level 3 (UZWR38203), Evidence and Research in Practice module.
Evidence and Research in Practice is a core module which aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in the evaluation of research evidence, in order to guide and inform professional practice and policy decisions.
It provides underpinning knowledge and understanding of research methods, enabling you to develop skills in critical appraisal of research. It also supports preparation for a dissertation.
Careers / Further study
This module can contribute towards:
- BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
- BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
- MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
- MSc Advanced Practice
- Professional Development Award
Questioning professional practice
The nature of knowledge, types of evidence, the relationship between research and policy. The wider context of evidence based practice.
Interpretation of findings, identifying influences on validity, reliability and replication, application of research to policy and practice, the dissemination of research evidence.
Management of change
Strategies to facilitate change, responsibilities of the individual, organisation and wider picture, e.g. national initiatives.
Learning and Teaching
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of research evidence for professional practice and/or planning and delivery of services.
- Evaluate and critically analyse a range of evidence supporting practice and policies in the workplace.
- Evaluate the use of a range of research designs, data collection techniques and methods of data analysis.
- Evaluate and synthesise an area of research relating to aspects of policy and professional practice.
- Identify and extract the principles for successful implementation of planned change based on best available evidence.
- Describe the constraints and barriers for implementation of evidence based practice.
The module is delivered using a variety of approaches, including presentations, workshop activities, small group work, class discussion and individual tutorials. Learning is further supported by access to a web-based interactive resource tailored to the content module.
You will have three to six hours each week in face-to-face teaching sessions with staff on the module.
You are given access to a tailor-made, interactive learning resource for the module, containing audios, games and quizzes giving opportunities to assess knowledge and understanding as they progress through the module. In addition, email contact with staff is available throughout the module and during scheduled tutorial time.
Prices and dates
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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.
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