Research for Practice module (PN50143)

Learn about the fundamentals of research and develop the skills to find, appraise, and apply evidence to practice.

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This module will develop your knowledge and confidence in finding, appraising, and applying evidence to practice.

You will also develop the knowledge and skills to critically analyse each step of the research process and debate the potential for research to influence practice.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • develop a fundamental understanding of evidence-based practice and research
  • learn about key research traditions and approaches
  • learn how to critically analyse and synthesise qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research
  • learn about the principles of generating qualitative and quantitative data
  • learn how to apply evidence to practice

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of evidence-based practice, research utilization, and research itself
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate and synthesise evidence for practice
  • debate the scope and applicability of key research traditions and approaches
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to critically appraise each step of the research process
  • critically evaluate different approaches to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of generating and analysing quantitative and qualitative data

Assignments / assessment

  • online exam (50%)
  • essay 1,500 words (50%)

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered in the form of themed weeks. Teaching and learning activities include online lectures and tutorials, discussion board activities, and self-directed learning. Full-time students will also attend workshops.


This module is available on following courses: