IM0720 - Dissertation: Systematic Appraisal of Published Nursing Research

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What will I learn on this module?

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. You will be invited to identify a topic with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Through technology enriched learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective and systematic use of published research to inform your nursing practice and / or policy.

Through the process of a systematic appraisal (a small scale systematic review) of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills, including skills of analysis and synthesis. Your systematic appraisal will address research questions which arise from your specific nursing practice/field of expertise. For example these questions might address:

• Effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best nursing practice/provide evidence based guidelines for nursing practice.
• Evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of complex human services in order to improve/develop/inform nursing practice.
• The service user experience of nursing practice.
• Relationships between nurses and service users.
• Theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to nursing practice and / or policy.

The published work you include in the systematic appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed method. You will critically examine the philosophical perspective of both the research question and the systematic appraisal methodology. You will work within the appropriate research governance and ethical guidelines for your professional discipline.

How will I learn on this module?

This module makes use of a variety of approaches to learning. Lectures introduce and develop key theories, concepts and techniques in systematic appraisal, for example scoping the study (variables, factors, settings to be studied). Lecture materials will be made available through the e-learning portal, together with links to key materials, for e.g the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. In seminars you will be encouraged to work in small cross cultural groups, to apply theories and models to your own topic area, and to offer critical peer review to colleagues as you work through your examples. Peer learning offers you opportunities to explain concepts to each other within a framework provided by staff, and to extend your learning through collaboration. A step-by-step guidelines handbook to undertaking your systematic appraisal will also be available on the eLP. Supervision will be available from experienced academic supervisors to help you develop your understanding further. You will also be expected to undertake directed and independent study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team have a wide range of expertise to aid your learning and you will be allocated a supervisor. As well as supervision from your supervisor you will be encouraged to form collegiate groups with peers outside of formal scheduled teaching, where issues and topics can be discussed together. Moreover, our ESAP team are available to help you with academic writing issues and also our award winning Library service, particularly Skills Plus is very helpful in guiding you through the many different stages of appraising the literature.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will conceptualise a research topic, establish its relevance to your practice area and formulate a research question, which you will examine through the implementation of a systematic appraisal of evidence based published nursing studies.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2 You will demonstrate enhanced critical appraisal skills of the general literature surrounding your topic, the evidence based published nursing studies and the ethical and philosophical issues related to both the research process of the appraisal and the included studies.
3. You will extract data from the included studies and analyse and interpret them giving due regard to issues of reliability, validity, rigour, trustworthiness and reflexivity.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will work in multicultural groups enabling enhanced knowledge, understanding and reflection on a variety of global and cultural issues which impact on people, practice and policy.

How will I be assessed?

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT
You will be asked to write a protocol (proposal) of no more than 1,000 words which must be completed and approved prior to beginning the systematic appraisal. This must include an identified problem and a detailed strategy for identifying and accessing the base of secondary data. The approach to further analysis and conceptualisation should be identified. You will submit the protocol electronically and feedback will be given electronically by your supervisor to assist you to further develop your thinking prior to beginning the summative assessment.
Continuous formative feedback on your progress will be offered during the supervision process.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Assessment will be by a dissertation (15,000 words), which will be systematically presented with the help of a step-by-step guidelines handbook (on the eLP). The dissertation will be submitted in hard copy (two copies). Summative written feedback will be given to you following the marking of your dissertation.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This research rich dissertation module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. Through technology enhanced learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective use of published research to inform your nursing practice and/or policy. Through the process of a systematic appraisal of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills of the general literature surrounding your topic, contemporary published nursing studies, and the ethical and philosophical issues related to the included studies. Through supervision from your supervisor and work within multicultural peer support groups, you will enhance knowledge, understanding and reflection on a variety of global and cultural issues which impact on people, practice and policy; and consequently it will positively influence your employability at national and/or international healthcare settings.

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 20 months full-time, January
1 other options available

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start January 2020

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