This module enables you to continue to develop your research knowledge base and analysis skills from years one and two. It facilitates reflection on practice to further appreciate the importance of evidence based midwifery practice. The module encourages the critical analysis of evidence from a wide variety of sources and its appropriate application to practice. As part of the module you will analyse a midwifery practice topic, identify and critically analyse literature on that topic, and develop a research proposal to address a research question generated from your review. This substantial project will enable you to further develop your abilities as a lifelong learner and midwife.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge based of research theory through the justification of all stages of the research process for your research project plan.
- Demonstrate best midwifery practice in your articulation of ethical and client focused elements within your project.
- Critically analyse the professional issues that might arise during the conduct of your suggested project, making innovative suggestions for how these might be overcome.
- Synthesise from the literature review to develop an appropriate research question(s.)
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the context and provision of maternity services in your articulation of potential challenges and solutions to undertaking the suggested research project.
- Systematically identify and critically review the current best practice (policy/ guidelines) and the literature in the topic area.
- Demonstrate the skills of independent learning appropriate to a midwife throughout the conduct of this project.
- Critically reflect on practice and identify a clinically focused question that might be addressed using a research approach.
This content will build on the knowledge gain in all previous modules but in particular those of the online research module of year 2.
Critical review of theory and practice
- Search and selection of evidence
- Critical review of evidence
- Paradigms and Research Approaches
- Developing research questions/ hypotheses and objectives
- Sampling frameworks and processes
- Data collection and analysis
Ethical and legal
- Ethical principles in research
- Research governance processes
- Recognising and Protecting vulnerable clients
- Informed Consent
- Data protection
- Project management skills
- Time management
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures (Research related)
Technology enhanced learning activities
Small group and individual supervision
|Total study time||375|
Resources & Reading list
Craig JV and Smyth, RL. (2012). The Evidence-Based Practice Manual for Nurses. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston.
Creswell JW (2011). Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. London: Sage Publications Limited.
Flick U (2011). Introducing Research Methodology; A Beginners Guide to Doing A Research Project. Los Angeles: Sage Publications Limited.
Bowling A (2014). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. Milton Keynes: Open University Pres.
Gerrish K and Lacey A (2010). The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Polit DF and Beck CT (2014). Essentials of Nursing Research; Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice. Philadelphia: Lipincott, Williams and Wilkins.
Greenhalgh T (2014). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell / BMJ Books.
Straus SE, Richardson WS, Glasziou P and Haynes RB (2011). Evidence-Based Medicine. How to Practise and Teach EBM. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Cluett ER and Bluff R (2006). Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston Elsevier.
Gray DE (2009). Doing Research in the Real World. Los Angeles: Sage Publications Limited.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Poster Presentation
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External