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NPMS6020 Critical Inquiry Midwifery Protocol

Module Overview

The aim of the Critical Inquiry Midwifery Protocol is to enable you to build on the research and related skills developed in your previous programme of study and to prepare you to undertake health services empirical projects independently at a Masters level. Its successful completion is pre-requisite to you embarking on your own independent project in Critical Inquiry in Midwifery Practice. Specific opportunities will be provided to enable you to appreciate a range of evidence based and research methods commonly used in health services research and differences between an Honours level and a Masters level research project. The learning opportunities provided will enable you to obtain specific skills required to undertake research at this academic level.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes


This module is learner centred, therefore, you influence the content of the sessions. Content is likely to include some of the following and will be embedded within taught sessions, suggested reading, and profession specific learning that occurs in other modules during the programme: Evidenced based practice/ evidence informed practice Qualitative and quantitative research methods Qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation Practice inquiry/ service development /audit Using the relevant statistical software package e.g. SPSS, Nud٭ist Presenting results Research governance framework /Ethics Programme threads are linked throughout and include: • Baby Friendly principles • Medicines management • Mental health and well-being • Values Based Journey

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You are expected to attend all Critical Inquiry sessions. These sessions are designed to give you a broad appreciation of health service evidence based inquiry and research methods and to assist you to prepare a project protocol, including any necessary Governance processes/ application forms. The sessions are a mixture of lectures, tutorials, group work, and practice analysis to support your development. The module will include two Values Based tutorials which will aid your professional develop and the integration of theory and practice.

Independent Study101.5
Assessment tasks50
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Creswell JW (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. 

Polit DF, Beck CT (2017). Essentials of nursing research : appraising evidence for nursing practice. 

Greenhalgh (2014). How to read a paper : the basics of evidence-based medicine. 

Gray DE (2017). Doing Research in teh real world. 

Aveyard H, Sharp P (2017). A beginngers guide to Evidence based practice in health and social care.. 

Cluett ER and Bluff R (2006). Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery. 



Oral presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Project Protocol  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Project Protocol 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

The Library holds an extensive range of resources to support this module, if you choose to purchase your own resources this will be at your own expense.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

If your project requires printing of resources this will be at your own cost.

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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