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Knowledge & Evidence Informing Midwifery Practice - HEA00023I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Carole Lindsey
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20
A1 Summer Term 2019-20 to Summer Vacation 2019-20

Module aims

  • To encourage the student to question concepts of midwifery knowledge to understand the research process and recognise the value of research in informing midwifery practice.
  • To encourage development of reflective skills to enhance the use of a range of different kinds of knowledge in practice.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Examine the origins and validity of the various forms of knowledge that influence midwifery practice.
  2. Discuss the concept of evidence based practice.
  3. Critically appraise examples of existing midwifery research to demonstrate understanding of the research process and methodologies.
  4. Discuss the application of different forms of knowledge and evidence for midwifery practice, using the reflective process.
  5. Evaluate the use of knowledge and evidence in the context of the client/professional relationship.
  6. Develop academic writing skills using critical appraisal to construct a reasoned argument.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Bryar, R. (2011). Theory for midwifery practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dyson, S. and Norrie, P. (2013). Research skills for nurses and midwives. London : Quay Books,a division of Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.

Gerrish, K. and Lathlean, J. (eds). (2015). The research process in nursing. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.

Harvey, M. and Land, L. (2017). Research methods for nurses and midwives. London: Sage.

Hewitt-Taylor, J. (2011). Using research in practice: it sounds good, but will it work?. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.

Moule, P. (2015). Making sense of research in nursing, health & social care. London: SAGE.

Neale, J. (2009). Research methods for health and social care. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Parahoo, K. (2014). Nursing research: principles, process and issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rees, C. (2011). An introduction to research for midwives. Edinburgh: Elsevier

Rolfe, G. (2010). Critical reflection in practice : generating knowledge for care. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.

Spiby, H. (2010). Evidence based midwifery: applications in context. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Steen, M. and Roberts, T. (2011). The handbook of midwifery research. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wickham, S. (2006). Appraising research into childbirth: an interactive workbook. Edinburgh: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

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