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Honours degree project: appraising evidence and developing practice

This module aims to introduce healthcare practitioners to the research process, as relevant to their evidence-based practice and to enable students to develop their ability to appraise research evidence, to explore how this underpins clinical practice and to identify how the existing evidence base could be developed.

Participants will develop their understanding of a variety of research methods, to competently critique contemporary research evidence and to identify research questions that will enable the development of their own clinical practice.


Learning outcomes:  

  • Identify and discuss an area of practice that requires development.
  • Systematically explore and appraise available literature on a selected subject area, related to healthcare practice.
  • Critically discuss various research designs and methods relevant to healthcare practice.
  • Critically appraise research literature focusing on specific practice issues/themes.
  • Demonstrate a systematic, analytical and reflective approach to reviewing the literature.
  • Reflect on own practice and make recommendations for developing practice based on critically appraised evidence.
  • Identify a research question based on own practice and a systematic appraisal of contemporary literature.
  • Demonstrate a systematic and critically reflective approach to report writing.

Who is the module for:  

Students undertaking this module should be working as accountable practitioners in a position to influence others in response to contemporary research-based evidence.

Module code:   HP6038Y


Entry criteria:  

Applicants must already have 120 credits at level 5 and 90 credits at level 6 to study this module.

Number of credits and level of study:   30 credits at level 6.

Assessment:   Literature review

Location:   St George's, University of London

Pattern of Delivery:   Course length: 10 teaching days


Module dates*

  • 10 sessions
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018
  • Tuesday 2 October 2018
  • Tuesday 9 October 2018
  • Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • Tuesday 6 November 2018
  • Tuesday 13 November 2018
  • Tuesday 20 November 2018
  • Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • 10 sessions
  • Tuesday 19 March 2019
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019
  • Tuesday 2 April 2019
  • Tuesday 9 April 2019
  • Tuesday 16 April 2019
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Tuesday 14 May 2019
  • Tuesday 21 May 2019
  • Tuesday 28 May 2019

*Dates may change

Fee:   £1657

Module leader:   Ms Susan Strong (primary)

Honours degree project: appraising evidence and developing practice