15 credit Master's level module
About this course
Page last updated 2 April 2020
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
- Critically apply and evaluate the process of knowledge mobilisation within the health and social care system.
- Identify the barriers and facilitators to knowledge mobilisation in practice.
- Discuss and critically evaluate models and strategies for disseminating evidence, implementing an evidence-based approach and planning projects.
- Explore change management strategies within the knowledge mobilisation context in health and social care environments.
- Critically evaluate strategies to address local barriers to mobilising knowledge in the workplace.
- Critically appraise what types of knowledge are required for effective practice and how this knowledge is acquired, validated and shared.
Careers / Further study
This module can contribute towards:
This course will cover:
- An historical perspective of knowledge mobilisation.
- An overview of the theories involved in the creation, sharing and uptake of evidence in health and social care.
- What types of knowledge/evidence inform every day practice and what are the strengths and limitations of different forms?
- What constitutes evidence within the knowledge mobilisation context.
- The individual, organisational and societal barriers and facilitators to knowledge mobilisation.
- Strategies to enable knowledge sharing.
- Co-creation of knowledge to facilitate mobilisation practices.
- The role of knowledge brokers in facilitating the mobilisation processes.
- Decision making in healthcare commissioning.
- Normalisation processes associated with knowledge transformation and mobilisation.
- The role of evaluation toolkits in assessing and improving service initiatives.
Learning and Teaching
This distance learning module provides a learning approach utilising asynchronous online activities that may include lectures, podcasts, reading, videos and synchronous tutorials (online discussions). Progress through the module is managed through time-dependent release of online resources to ensure structured progression through the learning materials and the activities promote development of the student-tutor relationship and encourage a cohort identity in addition to supporting core learning.
Approximately 27 hours of directed study (e.g. online lectures, seminars, etc) are delivered via Blackboard. Teaching is delivered in the format of up to 8 online lectures (delivered as audio podcasts or video capture linked with Adobe presenter or equivalent), plus other web-based activities. Online seminar activities include student-centred active learning techniques (e.g. via Collaborate) and access to a module discussion board or blog. These are delivered via the Blackboard online learning platform.
Scheduled learning includes; tutorials and supervision via virtual means i.e. telephone, or other technologies.
Independent learning includes; hours engaged with online activities, essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc.
The majority of the module is based on self-directed learning with a small number of contact hours (typically up to 2, via telephone, email or other technology aided means) associated with reviewing progress and providing tutor support throughout the module. These will be set up in accordance with the individual student's needs and appropriate contact method, e.g. telephone, email.
Independent learning will form the vast majority of the educational activity in the module.
The assessment for this module is a critical evaluation of current knowledge mobilisation literature in relation to how current practice operates. This enables you to bring your wider knowledge mobilisation skills into a relevant document that could inform the use of knowledge within practice.
A 3000 word critical evaluation of how knowledge is used, shared and validated within (your) current practice with reference to contemporary knowledge mobilisation theories and strategies.
This in-depth critical reflection should include the types of knowledge currently used within a practice area eg. experiential, clinical, research evidence, relational, organisational, research methods etc., together with reflections on why so many types of knowledge are used/required in the real world; and how each type of knowledge is developed shared and validated within practice with reference to the Knowledge Mobilisation literature.
Opportunities exist for formative assessment in the module, through Blackboard Collaborate sessions and individual feedback.