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NQCG3116 Enhancing practice through critical appraisal and reflection

Module Overview

The purpose of this year long dissertation module is to provide you with information and support to facilitate you in undertaking a significant and substantial learning activity that will enhance your practice. The module is delivered twice per year with each cohort comprising 10 taught days offered in two blocks over 15 weeks followed by 38 weeks of self-directed study with allocated supervision. The module is taught in conjunction with the NQCG3138 module (Professional Studies Clinical Effectiveness and Evidence Based Practice). This module incorporates teaching for NQCG3138 students for 4 days.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop your knowledge and ability to explore in depth an area of your practice that is of personal and professional interest. You will: explore the knowledge and evidence base underpinning your practice; critically reflect on your own practice and the climate and culture of the care environment; search for, select and critically appraise evidence from a variety of sources; synthesise this information and situate this in its wider and local context, make recommendation for practice and consider how to share these with an appropriate audience. There are 3 dissertation options • Inquiry into practice project • Service evaluation proposal • Research proposal The first part of each dissertation type comprises - critical reflection, literature searching and critical appraisal of evidence. The second half of the dissertations all include discussion and consideration of the evidence in relation to the wider literature, policy and practice setting but differ in terms of the form this takes • Inquiry into practice project which includes the development of a conference standard abstract and poster • Service evaluation proposal which includes the development of an audit tool and protocol * • Research proposal which includes the development of a research proposal * *NB: these are proposals and no research or audit in practice is actually undertaken by students 1. Critically evaluate the climate and culture of the care environment. 2. Critically reflect on the breadth and quality of evidence that informs practice 3. Demonstrate the ability to search for, access and generate evidence using a range of resources to meet personal and professional learning needs related to practice 4. Critically appraise a variety of knowledge and evidence to inform practice 5. Make recommendations relevant to enhancing practice in light of your synthesis of appraised evidence You will demonstrate all the learning outcomes in the final summative assessment (Dissertation).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the climate and culture of the care environment.
  • Critically reflect on the breadth and quality of evidence that informs practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to search for, access and generate evidence using a range of resources to meet personal and professional learning needs related to practice
  • Critically appraise a variety of knowledge and evidence to inform practice
  • Make recommendations relevant to enhancing practice in light of your synthesis of appraised evidence

Syllabus

The structure of delivery and content of this module has been informed by student feedback and consultation with key stakeholders. Delivery of content will be student focussed with students as active participants in their learning. Students will engage and apply core knowledge learnt to their own practice and practice setting, making the module appropriate for all, including international students and those in non-clinical roles Indicative content – • Introduction to research, service evaluation and audit • Introduction into qualitative and quantitative research approaches • Introduction to statistics • Research methods • Research paradigms • Searching the literature using data bases • Critical reflection • Critiquing research • Policy • Governance • Ethics and ethical considerations • Service redesign • Dissemination of findings • Theory of change management • Leadership & decision making/risk assessment • Organisational culture and environment • User and public involvement in service design, evaluation and research • Overview of Structure and content of different types of project • Service evaluation/Audit – what is an audit, issues to consider before doing an audit of practice, Influencing and managing change in clinical settings, developing an audit tool • Abstract and posters – identifying an appropriate conference, conference guidelines, what makes a good poster • Research proposal – guidelines from appropriate funding bodies, budgets and ethical considerations • Looking at previous students work • Student Presentations

Special Features

Up to 8 hours of individual supervision by an academic staff member for the duration of the module (one year) accessible to all registered students. For this module summative assessment, concise figures and tables are EXCLUDED from the word count.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Inquiry based learning will be the foundation supporting your learning whereby through critical reflection of your practice you will identify the personal, cultural, professional, political and social drivers underpinning your practice. An understanding of research concepts, methods, appropriate statistics and critical appraisal of different sources of knowledge is a key component of this module. You will learn from and engage with health-service researchers, service users, previous students, peers and managers from practice through learning resources, lectures, group discussions and workshops.

TypeHours
Lecture54
Seminar8
Project supervision8
Preparation for scheduled sessions7.5
Practical classes and workshops5
Completion of assessment task289.5
Total study time372

Resources & Reading list

Revans R (1982). The Origins and Growth of Action Learning. 

Schmidt N and Brown J (2012). Evidence-Based Practice For Nurses Appraisal and Application of Research. 

TaylorC and White S (2000). Practising Reflexivity in Health and Welfare. 

How to use action learning sets to support nurses. ,109 , pp. 12 -14.

Dancey C P, Reidy JG and Rowe R (2012). Statistics for the Health Sciences. A Non-Mathematical Introduction. 

Students will be encouraged to look at a variety of recommended resources (e.g. books, journal articles and websites).. 

Akister J, Williams I and Maynard A (2009). Using group supervision for undergraduate dissertations: a preliminary enquiry into the student experience. Pp. 20 77-94. 

Fry, H, Ketteridge, S. and Marshall, S. (2009). A Handbook for teaching and learning in higher education. 

AveyardA (2010). Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide.. 

Lobiondo-Wood G and Haber J (2010). Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice. 

Self-directed learning in nurse education: a review of the literature. ,43 , pp. 62-70.

Understanding paradigms used for nursing research. ,53 , pp. 459-469.

White S, Fook,Jand Gardner F (2006). Critical Reflection in Health and Social Care.. 

Self-directed learning: implications and limitations for undergraduate nursing education. ,25 , pp. 363-8.

Polit-DF and Beck CT (2012). Nursing Research: Principles and Methods. 

RolfeG, Jasper M and Freshwater D (2011). Critical Reflection in Practice: Generating Knowledge for Care. 

Assessment

Formative

Written critique of one piece of evidence

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (8000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (8000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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