NPMS2030 Foundations of Research Methods for Midwifery Practice
This module enables you to explore research methods and apply this to the context of midwifery practice. You are able to examine a topic relevant to the role of the midwife, which is of interest to you, explore the evidence base, critique its quality then analyse and suggest where additional evidence is needed. Based on this you will present a review paper. Maximum capacity 40 balanced across MSc and BSc programmes subject to placement capacity and commissions. Current commissions from Health education Wessex are 23 between the Bachelors and Masters programmes
Aims and Objectives
To facilitate your development of your research methods knowledge and skills and applying them to the context of midwifery practice, as a compassionate health care professional. On completion of this module you will be able apply the following learning outcomes to the role of the midwife and midwifery practice
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Reflect on practice and identify questions that can be addressed using one or more research designs
- Undertake a systematic search and selection of evidence to inform midwifery practice
- Evaluate evidence for practice using a variety of primary and secondary research approaches/designs
- Explore relevant policies and guidelines for midwifery practice and the extent to which they are based on high quality research evidence
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge base of research methods
- Discuss the principle for good ethical practice during research activity and its subsequent application to practice, including consideration of user engagement in research design and policy
Research methods (quantitative and qualitative designs, including developing research questions, data collection and analysis etc.) Ethical and governance principles for research Critical appraisal skills Critical reflection on practice for research activity Service user engagement Risk assessment
The module will be supported by the University wide level 5 research methods resources and shared learning resources with other Faculty based programmes.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This will vary to reflect your previous research methods learning but is likely to include: • Technology enhanced learning activities • Self-directed study • Seminar activity • Tutorial support
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||7.5|
|Wider reading or practice||118|
|Practical classes and workshops||8|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||20|
|Completion of assessment task||30|
|Total study time||193.5|
Resources & Reading list
• University and Faculty research methods resources • Academic tutorial staff • Blackboard and other online resourcesResearch textbooks - a wide variety available from library • Professional journals – from library/online.
You are required to identify a topic from your practice, different from any previous assessment topic, where you have identified a lack of clarity around what is best care for a specific client or client group. You will undertake a comprehensive literature search, select and critique the key evidence, making recommendations for best practice, and present this as a review paper.
|Critique (2000 words)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal & External
Costs associated with this module
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:
Travel Costs for placements
All texts key are available within the library or as electronic resources. In addition many can be purchased online or within the bookshop located on campus. For the current costs you are requested to check on line. If purchased, this will be at a cost to you. Travel between University study sites should be expected as part of the programme.
Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.