Module Details

Module Code: NURS N9024
Full Title: Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 10
Module Owner::
  • Geraldine O'Connor
  • Myles Hackett
Departments: Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
Module Description: This module will enable learners to enhance their critical appraisal skills and to develop an
in-depth knowledge of research methodologies. This will further develop their competencies
in relation to the enactment of evidence based nursing practice and its critical application to
advanced practice in healthcare.
The aim of this module is to enhance critical appraisal skills and further develop
competencies in relation to implementing evidence based advanced nursing practice in
promoting clinical effectiveness in healthcare.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Critically analyse the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of methodological approaches; qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.
MLO2 Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the philosophy, principles and practice underpinning evidence based practice
MLO3 Critically understand research ethics within vulnerable populations and discern the ethical issues which pervade methodology.
MLO4 Critically apply a deep understanding of contemporary debates surrounding the research literature and evidenced based practices and their application to advanced practice.
MLO5 Critically appraise an area of practice and provide a balanced, logical and coherent conclusion in relation to the findings.
MLO6 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the appropriate quality improvement processes to promote leadership in clinical effectiveness in healthcare.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Research methodologies.
Research methodologies. Traditions of inquiry. Exploring the processes of qualitative and quantitative research. Philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies. Developing research designs and shaping a study inquiry. Conceptual analysis and research. Clarifying conceptual frameworks within the context of research.
Evidence Based Practice
Underpinning philosophy, principles and practice, place in critical professional practice, influences of organisation's cultures and contexts, social and political issues associated with warranting knowledge, enacting evidence based practice, ethical imperatives.
Ethics and research
Ethical principles of research. Informed consent and the vulnerable person. Advocacy and consent within the context of research in clinical practice. The role of the researcher in practice. Insider research and its debates.
Literature search, retrieval and critique
Systematic Database Searching. Primary and secondary sources of literature retrieval. Constructing Search Tables and Systematic Searching Prisma Flow Charts and equivalent. Analysing and synthesising data collection methods. Choosing appropriate research methods for research purposes. Developing and analysing research questions and research hypotheses. Critically analysing and evaluating research, critically reading. Evaluating literature
Sampling and data collection
Analysing and synthesising sampling methods in research. Choosing sampling methods. Strategies for identifying sampling frames/populations. Statistics and quantitative research. Ethics and analysis. Graphs using summary statistics. Critical interpretation of statistics. Data protection in health and research. Analysing and synthesising research findings. Strategies for questioning and reporting. Presenting findings. Verifying results; implementing findings in practice; dissemination of findings: preparing a poster, conference paper and journal article.
Quality Improvement
Theoretical perspectives and processes, Audit purposes, approaches and uses, Practice governance, Clinical effectiveness, Application of EBP (the best knowledge, clinical experience and service users preferences) to achieve optimum outcomes
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Academic paper on a chosen topic area related
to advanced practice requiring a critique
analysis and synthesis of the evidence and
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6
Duration in minutes 120
Assessment Description
Two Hour Seen Examination Paper
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time On Campus workload.
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Lecture Once per semester 0.60 9
Practical Contact Practical/Workshop Once per semester 0.60 9
Tutorial Contact Tutorial Once per semester 1.20 18
Total Weekly Learner Workload 2.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.40
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Arthur J., Waring M., Coe, R. and Hedges,. (2017), Research methods and methodologies in education.
  • Bryman, A.. (2017), Mixing methods: Qualitative and quantitative research Chapter Quantitative and qualitative research:.
  • Melnyk, B.M and Fine-Overholt, E.. (2018), Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare:.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Kenneth J Gergen. (2014), Succeeding with your master’s dissertation: A step by step handbook., SAGE Publications Limited.
  • Creswell, J.W. and Poth, C.N.. (2016), Qualitative inquiry and research design.
  • Hartas, D.. (2015), Educational research and inquiry: Qualitative and quantitative approaches.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website, Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford. Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.
  • Website, Cochrane.
  • Website, Health Information and Quality Authority. Health Informaiton and Quality Authority.
  • Website, Social Care Institute for Excellence. Social Care Institute for Excellence.
  • Website, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness. Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness.
  • Website, Campbell Collaboration. Campbell Collaboration.
  • Website, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Website, Netting the Evidence. Netting the Evidence.
  • Website, NICE Guidelines. NICE Guidelines.