Critical Appraisal and Research Skills

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Summer & Long Vacation
Undergraduate: Level 5
Wednesday 03 October 2018
Wednesday 02 October 2019
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B740 Nursing (Adult),
BSC B740CO Nursing (Adult),
BSC B742 Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B742CO Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B760 Nursing (Mental Health),
BSC B760CO Nursing (Mental Health),
BSC B762 Nursing (Mental Health) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B762CO Nursing (Mental Health) (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

An introduction to appraising evidence and research used as the basis for clinical decision making.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

This module is delivered concurrently within the MSc pathway (L7). This module guide addresses only the BSc (L5) pathway.

Learning and teaching methods

* Catalyst lectures will be delivered on key themes for the module to the group of students * Academic level specific tutorial groups will explore teaching content * Tutorial discussion will be followed by asynchronous discussion between the level 5 student groups at Colchester and Southend campuses. * Moodle – the VLE will contain entry level content which will direct students to either Level 5 or Level 7 selected reading or support activities. (There will be open access so Level 7 students primary reading can access the level 5 sections of MModule outcomes are academic level specific * The assessment strategy involves the same tasks but the level of critical ability required for successful completion will vary dependent on academic level. Lectures by module lead, SHHS colleagues and guests, including service users. Students will be asked to develop a research proposal in a clinical area of their choice but which must be agreed by the group. PBL online sessions will enable the students to work through the research process with set objectives every week. Each group will be moderated by a SHHS lecturer. Skills books to be referred to, use of reflections from workplace will assist classroom discussion and completed book as necessary. General reading time has been allocated within the module as well as ELearning and forum discussions on Moodle. The module requires students to effectively manage time and learning through structured e-learning on Moodle. The structure of the activities will enable student-centred learning where students will select activities that are appropriate to their existing expertise in research and that facilitate the learning of new skills to beyond the minimum requirements for the module. Participation in peer review and support will be essential components of the e-learning experience and a requirement for all students All learning activities and discussion forums will be provided through the Moodle on line learning platform with additional methods (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, GoogleDocs, Online reading lists, Endnote) linked through Moodle). One session per week will be devoted to group tutorials; these may be in the class or via the VLE. The development of skills alongside the acquisition of knowledge will occur within the workplace (See 'Placement' above). Some practical tutorials will be available.


  • Cheryl Scholes et al. (2013) 'A Qualitative Study of Young People's Perspectives of Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Do Perceptions Vary by Levels of Metabolic Control?', in Journal of Advanced Nursing. vol. 69 (6) , pp.1235-1247
  • Moule, Pam; Aveyard, Helen; Goodman, Margaret L. (2017) Nursing research: an introduction, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Parahoo, Kader; dawsonera. (2014) Nursing research: principles, process and issues, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pam Moule; Helen Aveyard; Margaret L. Goodman. (2017) Nursing research: an introduction, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Taylor, Ruth E. (2014) The essentials of nursing and healthcare research, Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Kader Parahoo. (2014) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework SOUTHEND - Workbook & Essay 100%
Coursework SOUTHEND - Resubmissions 100%
Coursework SOUTHEND - 2nd resubmission

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Winifred Eboh
Ian Mounteney imount@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mrs Juliet Amanda Drummond
The University of Wolverhampton
Senior Adult Lecturer
Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor
Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 36 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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