Research for Practice module (PN50143)

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SCQF Level:11 (Masters level)
SCQF Credits: 30   (15E CTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Available September & January

Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered online via My Dundee with supervisory support on a one-to-one basis. The module discussion boards will provide an opportunity for students to share information with each other as well as receive support from the module team; Supervisory support will be in the form of online discussion, email, Adobe Pro Connect and/or telephone.

Module Aims

This module aims to develop your knowledge and confidence in finding, appraising and applying evidence to practice. It also aims to support you to develop the knowledge and skills to critically analyse each step of the research process and to debate the potential for research to influence practice.

Module Overview

This module is intended to provide you with fundamental understanding of evidence-based practice and research, enabling you to examine how these concepts can be used to advance professional practice.

  • Overview of the concepts of evidence-based practice, research utilization and research
  • Critical appraisal and synthesis of evidence
  • Overview of key research traditions and approaches (quantitative and qualitative and evidence reviews)
  • Key stages of the research process
  • Data generation using a range of methods (observational and experimental studies; pre-existing documents or data sets; interviews; focus groups)
  • Introduction to statistics and statistical analysis
  • Introduction to qualitative data analysis and thematic coding

Assessment Strategy

There are two assessment for this module:

Part 1 (50% of mark): A 90 minute online exam will assess understanding of the research process, approaches to research, data generation, data analysis and research terminology.

Part 2 (50% of mark): A 2000 word essay, you will critically explore the rationale for the use of research evidence in evidence-based practice. You will be expected to demonstrate robust evaluation and synthesis of a range of research approaches, by choosing and critiquing an element of the research process.

Module eligibility requirements

Educated to relevant first degree level or equivalent. Students are required to have access to a computer with broadband internet access.

Module Contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534


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