Module NHS-2045:
Research for HCP I

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Organiser: Dr Graham Clarke

Overall aims and purpose

This module is a general introduction to the research process open to qualified nurses / midwives & health visitors and non-nurses / health care professionals on an appropriate register. Given previous experience/ learning evidence; attendance in class may be negotiable.

Course content

Research Methods Searching skills for the appropriate literature Critical Evaluation of Research reports Relationships between Research, Theory and Practice Application of Research Findings to Practice Use of Research Concepts in Evaluating Practice Ethical and Legal Issues in Research Formulation of Research Proposals Basic Descriptive Statistics

Assessment Criteria


The student should have some understanding of the research process and be able to express themselves reasonably clearly.


The student should have good understanding of the research process and be able to express themselves clearly.


The student should have excellent understanding of the research process and be able to express themselves with insight and clarity.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the use of descriptive statistics in research.

  2. Critically read and evaluate published research literature

    1. Explain why research proposals are needed.
    1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of common research approaches used in health care.
    1. Evaluate the value of adopting multi-method approaches.
    1. Describe the main stages of the research process.
    1. Discuss the importance of each stage in the process.
    1. Describe and explain the need for the common sections of any research proposal.
  3. Analyse the stages involved in processing a research proposal, including gaining access and ethical approval.

  4. Recall the legal and ethical issues surrounding health care research.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Critique and Essay 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 334
Lecture 60
Tutorial 6

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others


Reading list

Ann Bowling (2014) Research Methods In Health: Investigating Health And Health Services. London ,OU Press