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Evidence Based Practice & Quality Improvement - HEA00067C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Linda Currie
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2023-24

Module aims

This module equips the students with the skills and knowledge to examine and utilise an evidence based approach within practice.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles for research and demonstrate how research findings are used to inform evidence based practice.

  2. Outline the importance of responsible research and innovation in improving the quality of patient/client care.

  3. Identify  credible source material in order to construct a focused question and effectively develop search terms to facilitate digital database searching.

  4. Discuss and extract key arguments within credible source material.

Module content

Research methods, innovation, critical appraisal, legal and ethical issues, copyright, GDPR, evidence based practice, quantitative and qualitative research, hierarchy of evidence. 


Task Length % of module mark
Report 2000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Report 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

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


Indicative reading

Ellis, P.(2019) Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing,Sage Publications: Ontario; 

Linsley, Kane and Barker (2019) Evidenced Based Practice for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals 4th Ed, Sage 


Maslen-Prothero, S. (2005). Bailliere's study skills for nurses and midwives. Chapter 4. Edinburgh: Elsevier.

Harvard, L. (2007). How to conduct and effective and valid literature search. Nursing Times, 103(45), 32-33

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.