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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Research & Nursing Practice 2
Module Code NS312
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Joy ConlonOffice NumberH245A
Level 3 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of the research process necessary to underpin evidence-based practice in nursing. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module and following a period of personal study the student will be able to:

  • Identify key differences between qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Discuss rationale for undertaking literature reviews.
  • Develop practice related questions.
  • Source best available evidence to answer questions.
  • Compare and contrast best available evidence.
  • Discuss how evidence gathered can underpin and influence practice.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 4
Laboratories 0
Independent Learning Time 47

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus:

  • Key features of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Evolution of Evidence-based Practice (EBP).
  • Principles and process of EBP in nursing.
  • Search techniques including database tutorials.
  • Protocols & tools to determine quality of evidence collected.
  • Integrating evidence, clinical expertise and patient factors to inform subsequent practice.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List


LeBiondo-Wood G and Haber J 2006 Nursing Research: Methods & Critical Appraisal for Evidenced Based Practice. 6th Ed. Missouri. Mosby.
Melnyk B and Fineout–Overholt E 2005 Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: Guide to best practice. Philadelphia. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Supplementary reading list:

Aveyard H 2007 Doing a Literature Review in health and social care: a practical guide. Berkshire. Open University Press.
Burns N and Grove SK 2003 Understanding nursing research. 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Saunders
Cormack, D 2000 The Research Process in Nursing. 4th Ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
Craig, JV and Smyth RL 2007 The Evidence-Based Practice Manual for Nurses. Second edition. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh.
Gerrish K and Lacey A 2006 The Research Process in Nursing. 5th Ed. Oxford. Blackwell Science.
McSherry R, Simmons M and Abbott P 2002 Evidence-Informed Nursing: A Guide for Clinical Nurses. Routledge. London.
Newell R and Burnard P 2006 Research for Evidence-Based Practice. Oxford. Blackwell
Parahoo K 2006 Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues. 2nd ed. Macmillan: Hampshire.
Pearson A, Field J and Jordan Z 2007 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford.
Polit D and Beck C 2004 Nursing Research: Principles and Methods. 7th Ed. Philadelphia. Lippincott.

Summary information for transcript of training:
This module will prepare students to adopt an evidence-based practice approach to critically reviewing the literature.

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