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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research Enquiry
Module Code NS458
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Therese Leufer
Semester 2: Therese Leufer
Autumn: Therese Leufer
Module TeachersTherese Leufer
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will enable the student to advance their knowledge, skills of and attitude towards research and evidence-based practice and appreciate their contribution to enabling evidence-informed clinical decision making in healthcare. It will also build upon and consolidate knowledge acquired in previous modules over the course of the programme.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify a patient/client nursing issue that is specific to the students defined area of nursing practice
2. Formulate a clinical/practice question pertinent to that patients/clients issue.
3. Locate and select relevant and best available evidence on the issue to be investigated
4. Critique and summarise the best available evidence on the issue to be investigated
5. Propose recommendations based on the evidence drawn from the literature review
6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key overarching principles and relevant considerations associated with quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture16Classroom, library and online
Tutorial8face to face / online engagement
Independent Study101Sourcing and engaging with best evidence, participation in asynchronous module tasks, preparation of assessment.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Identifying a 'burning' clinical question on an aspect of nursing practice

Formulating a searchable, answerable question relating to nursing practice

Search for the best available evidence to understand and underpin patient/client care

Critically appraise the best available evidence

Integrate the evidence to determine the best clinical decision going forward for patient/client care

Writing a literature review - framework and content

Writing recommendations

Key characteristics and relevant considerations associated with quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop Quiz.30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • DF.,Polit, C. Tatano Beck: 2021, Nursing Research, International Edition, 11, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, 9781975154141
  • Melnyk, B. & Fineout-Overholt, E.: 2019, Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare, 4th, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia,
  • Booth, A. Sutton, A. Clowes, M., Martyn-St James, M.: 2021, Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review, 3rd Ed, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.,
  • Fink, A.: 2019, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper., 5th Ed., Sage, London,
  • Aveyard, H., Preston, N., Farquhar, M.: 2022, How to Read and Critique Research: A Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students, Sage, London, 978-152973298
  • Hart, C: 2018, Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination, 2nd, SAGE, London., 978-152641921
  • Machi, L. McEvoy, B.: 2016, The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success, 3rd Edition, Corwin Press, CA, 978-150633624
  • Aveyard, H.: 2018, Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A practical guide, 4th Edn, Open University Press;, Oxford, 978-033526307
  • Leufer, T, Cleary-Holdforth, J, IN Holland, K and Roberts, D (Book Chapter): 2022, Understanding Decision-Making in Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition, Sage, London, 978-152642447
Other Resources

60901, Website, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (UK), 0, Guidelines for Practice, U.K., National Institute for Clinical Excellence, http://www.nice.org.uk/, 60902, Website, Critical Skills Appraisal Programme, 0, Critical Skills Appraisal Programme, https://casp-uk.net/,
Programme or List of Programmes
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BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Mental Health)
Date of Last Revision06-OCT-10

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