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NPCG3141 Research Project for Nursing

Module Overview

This module builds on the skills you gained during the year two ‘Research Methods’ module. You will further develop your skills in collecting and analysing data through planning and conducting an independent project that is relevant to your own field(s) of practice. You will develop skills in analysis and synthesising the findings from an inquiry in order to inform best practice. You will also develop your skills of critical appraisal and gain knowledge from a wide range of relevant literature. You will apply this to the design, execution, critique/reflection and recommendations in the reporting of the project.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collect data using methods which are justified with respect to the aims of the inquiry.
  • Analyse and present data using appropriate methods.
  • Interpret results, synthesising ideas to generate solutions and evaluate their clinical relevance.
  • Critically evaluate the process of inquiry with respect to trustworthiness of the results by identifying strengths and limitations of the process.


This module will build on the knowledge and skills you gained as a result of undertaking the Research Methods module. The majority of your learning will be through independent self-directed learning, supported through a series of supervision seminars and workshops. Taught content in this module will include: Project planning Study skills development for level 6 writing Data collection, storage and transfer ethical, moral and practical issues Ethical approval processes and accessing data/participants. Literature review methodology and reporting literature reviews Audit and improvement projects research methods and their application Analysing and reporting quantitative data, Analysing and reporting qualitative data, Mixed methods studies Integrating and synthesising findings from studies, Research dissemination

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

During this module you will participate in a series of seminars that will support you to develop and produce your research project. In addition, you will be able to access on-line learning resources.

Independent Study265
Clinical Practice80
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Polit DF  (2018). Essentials of Nursing Research: appraising evidence for nursing practice. 

Christensen P and James A  (2017). Research with Children: perspectives and practices . 

Gerrish K, Lathlean J (2015). The research process in nursing. 

Parahoo K (2014). Nursing Research: principles, process and issues. 

Banks S Brydon-Miiller M  (2019). Ethics in Participatory research for Health and Social Wellbeing. 

Curtis E, Drennan J  (2013). Quantitative Health Research :Issues and Methods . 

Glasper EA, and Rees C . Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance . 

Walker J, Almond P  (2010). Interpreting statistical findings :a guide for health professionals and students . 

Gray J (2017). Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: appraisal, synthesis and generation of evidence. 

Grove SK (2015). Understanding nursing research: building an evidence based practice. 


Assessment Strategy

You will have a choice of focus for the completion of a project that will be agreed with your project supervisor. This will be assessed through the submission of a written project of up to 5000 words.


Seminar Participation


MethodPercentage contribution
Final project  (5000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: 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:


No additional student costs have been identified for this module.

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

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