Full Title:Research Proposal
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:TEMPCODE102
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will facilitate student midwives/nurses to develop research skills relevant to nursing/midwifery practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically evaluate and synthesise the literature with the view to developing a clinically focused research question (s).
  2. Critically appraise the most appropriate research methodologies to address the proposed research question (s).
  3. Critically analyse ethical issues associated with the proposed research.
  4. Develop a research proposal which addresses a contemporary issue in midwifery/nursing practice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Research Question:
Reviewing evidence based national and international literature: presenting and progressing ideas in a logical and structured manner. Delimiting the problem. Statement of purpose. Paradigmatic perspectives. Hypotheses. Operational definitions. Qualitative research questions.
Approach and design:
Hypotheses. Operational definitions. Qualitative research questions. Choosing and justifying a Research Approach suitable for the Research Question. • Choosing and justifying a Research design suitable to address the Research Question: Strengths and weaknesses of qualitative designs - ethnography, phenomenology, qualitative descriptive. etc. Quantitative designs - experiments, quasi experiments, non-experiments
Justifying the Sampling process:Populations/Samples. Sampling designs. Sample size.
Data Collection:
Choosing and justifying a data collection method that addresses the research question: questionnaire, interviews, observation, bio physiological methods, scales etc.
Choosing and justifying a data analysis process. Quantitative - descriptive, inferential statistics, Qualitative - data management, analytic procedures. Using Computer packages to analyse data..
Upholding ethical principles in research including Informed consent, autonomy, beneficence, justice. Use of ethical frameworks. Gaining ethical approval.
Costing and planning the research project. Reporting, communicating and implementing research.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Special Regulation
Both elements of this module assessment must be passed independently in order to pass the module

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment The project work will normally consist of a Research Proposal of 5,500 words. Students will be encouraged to explore real world, sustainable and culturally sensitive issues. 1,2,3,4 90.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Continuous Assessment This assessment will consist of an online exercise relating to research theory and practice. 1,2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat research proposal

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture This module is normally delivered over 8 weeks. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Tutorial Small group tutorials will be scheduled for each disclipine group. The tutorial will focus on the application of the research process to clinical practice emphasisng the contribution of evidence based pracitce to excellence in care. This module is normally delivered over 8 weeks. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Online Contact Facilitated through moodle. This module is normally delivered over 8 weeks. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Individual supervision with a named supervisor will be facilitated as an essential part of the teaching/learning continuum. Students will liaise with their supervisor for support with compliation of the literature review and the research proposal. Supervision may be a schedule of regular and formal meetings or via e mail. The supervision process is agreed in writing at the outset of the proposal to ensure that progression is monitored and that ther 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Directed Reading No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Independent Study No Description 100.00 Once per semester 6.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 19.20
Total Weekly Contact Hours 9.20
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Cluett, E.R., Bluff, R. 2006, Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery, 2nd ed Ed., Churchill Livingstone London:
  • Polit, D.F. and Beck. C.T. 2013, Essentials of Nursing Research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice, 8th ed Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Philadelphia:
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ellis, P. 2010, Understanding Research for Nursing Students, Learning Matters Ltd. Exeter.
  • Rees., C. 2012, Introduction to Research for Midwives, 3rd ed. Ed., Churchill Livingstone Oxford:
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 7 Mandatory
DK_NINDS_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Intellectual Disability Nursing 7 Mandatory
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 7 Mandatory
DK_NPNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing 7 Mandatory