Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

B74EFH Evidence for Health and Social Care
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  14/15

Total Credits: 30

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Postgraduate students within the School of Health Sciences  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will commence with a critical review of the forms of evidence that underpin professional practice in health and social care. The ideology of evidence-based practice will be analysed and its impact on practice evaluated, including an examination of the barriers to using evidence in practice. The module will then move on to examine the following areas:

  • the principles of critical and systematic literature review;
  • issues in the application of clinical guidelines and protocols;
  • techniques for auditing/evaluating services and policies;
  • the process of generating evidence through empirical research;
  • qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and methods.
  • Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:
    Lectures 30 hours
    Student-led seminars 7 hours
    Individual tutorials 2 hours (2x 1hour)
    Facilitated workshops 8 hours compulsory
    8 hours optional
    Directed reading 30 hours (2 hours each week)
    Web based activities 15 hours (1 hour each week)
    Independent study 200 hours

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 30 students will undertake a one hour multiple choice moodle/rogo based exam to test their knowledge of both the principles and practice of evidence based practice 
    Assignment 70 students will submit a written assignment of upto 3,000 words. 

    Convenor: 
    Professor F Bath-Hextall

    Education Aims:  This module is designed to be taken as a foundational module within the School of Health Sciences postgraduate programmes. The aim of the module, therefore, is to equip students with an understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice and primary and secondary research methodologies. The module is also designed to assist students by supporting them in the development of a protocol for the study that they wish to undertake for their dissertation.

    Learning Outcomes:  1. Knowledge and understanding
    A student who completes this module successfully will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the actual and potential contribution of evidence-based practice to improving standards of service delivery (locally, nationally and internationally);
  • the process of developing a research question, with regard to epistemology, methods and application;
  • ways in which established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge for advancing practice.


  • 2. Skills

    Intellectual skills
    A student who completes this module successfully will be able to:

  • critically reflect on previous experiential learning in a systematic and structured fashion;
  • identify systematically, evaluate and critically appraise research and other forms of evidence informing advanced professional practice in health and social care;
  • synthesise knowledge gained through experiential learning and scholarly activities to evaluate own and others’ practice;
  • make autonomous clinical and/or managerial decisions based on the evaluation of appropriate research and clinical evidence.


  • Professional/practical skills
    A student who completes this module successfully will be able to:

  • plan, develop and evaluate a well-justified plan to take a lead role in advancing heath and social
  • care practice or policy within their own specialist area;
  • critically reflect on issues involved in applying and disseminating research findings in advanced professional practice;
  • develop a project that will contribute towards improving service delivery within health and social care;
  • take a lead role in practice improvement projects and processes within their employing organisations.


  • Transferable/key skills
    A student who completes this module successfully will be able to:

  • critically analyse their personal, professional and educational learning objectives and evaluate their own professional development;
  • communicate effectively in writing and through oral presentation;
  • use appropriate and effective information and communication technologies;
  • effectively manage their time and work to deadlines;
  • demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
  • Offering School:  Health Sciences


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