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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5002M Evidence Based Practice

30 creditsClass Size: 30

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Jim Jolly

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Graduate or equivalent

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module aims to introduce and develop concepts and understanding of, 'evidence based practice' (EBP). An understanding of research methodologies relevant to clinical practice will be explored with an emphasis on critical evaluation of research evidence and the use of research to inform clinical decision making.


The objective is to:
Encourage students to bring their professional experience to the module and use this to develop their independent and critical application of EBP.

Students will:
Acquire confidence in their knowledge of EBP, and develop a comprehensive knowledge of research methodologies to inform their evidence based professional practice.

Students will also:
Be able to further undertake their professional roles, informed by evidence and able to debate the contemporary issues influencing the EBP movement.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- Employ models of EBP to their professional practice
- Apply their knowledge of research design, sources of bias, statistical knowledge and qualitative findings to interpret evidence
- Effectively critically appraise research findings
- Confidently debate and evaluate the issues influencing the transfer of evidence into practice

Skills outcomes
Formulate 'answerable' questions
Employ a literature search strategy to find evidence
Critically appraise research evidence
Interpret research findings and draw appropriate conclusions
Apply research evidence to inform clinical decision making


The module will introduce a variety of models for EBP, focus on the five stage EBP model (Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply and Assess) and explore critical evaluation of alternative models of EBP.

Each stage will be introduced by academic colleagues and further developed with practical exercises involving group work and individual independent formative exercises to develop confident knowledge in application of the EBP model

Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation and application of research to a broad range of multi-disciplinary clinical contexts

Critical discussion of research methodologies, appraisal tools, policy drivers and the opportunities and constraints on EBP will also be explored

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

This will include semi-structured EBP exercises for students to complete and share in the seminar group.

Evaluation of prior knowledge and progress together with formative feedback will be embedded within the VLE.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A diagnostic exercise will encourage students to reflect on their current level of knowledge and help academic colleagues to adapt their teaching style and content.

Each phase of the EBP model will be reinforced and explored further by provision of independent exercises following taught content and group work. Progress will be monitored within group seminars and independent feedback offered.

Regular group activity embedded into learning will allow group progression to be evaluated, providing feedback to both students and teachers.

Independent exercises used to reinforce and develop taught content will be submitted to academic colleagues for formative appraisal and returned with feedback individually and/or in a group context where appropriate (e.g. a critical appraisal exercise completed independently can be discussed in a seminar).

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4000 words100.00
Tutorial PerformanceFORMATIVE: Independent exercises will be set following taught content and group work. Progress will be monitored within group seminars and independent feedback offered.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:17


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