NURS N9028 - Generating Evidence for Healthcare Practice and Improvement

Module Details

Module Code: NURS N9028
Full Title: Generating Evidence for Healthcare Practice and Improvement
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 2 Semesters
Credits: 30
Module Owner:: Geraldine O'Connor
Departments: Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
Module Description: This module supports the learner’s acquisition of knowledge about research and its application to practice. The learner will be supported by an individual supervisor to enable them to complete a research portfolio to generate evidence, which will support the learner’s individual area of practice through the development of a research portfolio
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Critically discuss the conceptual and/or theoretical underpinnings of research designs/approaches.
MLO2 Formulate research aims, objectives, and questions/hypotheses.
MLO3 Prepare a protocol for the conduct of a research project or structured iterative review
MLO4 Critically discuss the ethical principles governing research practice
MLO5 Complete a focused piece of scholarly research
MLO6 Critically appraise contemporary approaches in data collection, data analysis and interpretation of findings
MLO7 Demonstrate the ability to: Produce a paper based on a critical analysis of their completed research project or iterative review, that is ready for submission to an academic journal; Develop an abstract based on a critical analysis of their completed research project/iterative review that is ready for submission as a conference presentation
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
Literatrue Review
Content and presentation of a literature review; types of literature reviews; literature searching, search strategies; conducting literature reviews; literative reviews, systematic reviews; bias, omission and inflation of results; Validating the evidence.
Research Questions
Definition of problems worthy of investigation; construction of research questions/research Hypotheses; differentiate between research questions and hypothesis; issues with operational definitions
Research Methodology and Designs
Processes, value and limitations of quantitative, qualitative research and advanced research approaches. Quantitative Research Approaches: Experimental and quasi-experimental designs, Survey designs, Exploratory-descriptive designs, Cross sectional research; Longitudinal research; Retrospective research design; Prospective research designs, systematic reviews - meta analysis Qualitative Research Approaches: Action Research, Ethnography, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, systematic reviews - meta synthesis, Mixed Methods
Data collection, analysis and data storage:
Issues of sampling and representativeness; reliability and validity; organisation and presentation of data. Data analysis and interpretation including computer-based statistics analysis packages (SPSS, N-Vivo & PASW). Data storage and management; incorporating anonymisation and retrieval. Ethical issues in research
Interpretation, application and dissemination
Verifying results; implementing findings in practice; dissemination of findings: preparing a poster, conference paper and journal article
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 40
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Group Assessment: Group project that examines ethical considerations around undertaking research
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 40
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Continuous Project - Individual Assessment - Focused research /literative review (8,000-10,000 words)
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 40
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 7
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Prepare a manuscript for publication (3,0005,000 words, dependent on editorial requirements) and abstract (1 A4 page) for conference submission.
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 workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Practical Contact No Description Once per semester 0.80 12
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Contact Each student will receive supervision throughout the year Once per semester 1.00 15
Total Weekly Learner Workload 1.80
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.80
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Josette Bettany-Saltikov,Robert McSherry. (2016), How to Do a Systematic Literature Review in Nursing, Open University Press, p.229, [ISBN: 9780335263806].
  • Harte, C.. (2018), Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination, Sage.
  • Geri LoBiondo-Wood,Judith Haber. (2017), Nursing Research, Mosby, p.552, [ISBN: 9780323431316].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • John W. Creswell,Cheryl N. Poth. (2017), Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design, Sage Publications, Incorporated, p.472, [ISBN: 1506330207].
  • John W. Creswell,J. David Creswell. (2018), Research Design, SAGE Publications, Incorporated, p.304, [ISBN: 9781506386706].
  • Denise F. Polit,Cheryl Tatano Beck. Nursing Research, [ISBN: 9781496308924].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources