Valuing research, NU3047 - COMPULSORY FOR DEGREE Short Course

Valuing research, NU3047 - COMPULSORY FOR DEGREE Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

12 weeks: 3 hours per week (classroom), 1 hour chat room per week (by e-learning) or equivalent. (20 credits at level 6) Supported by E-Learn

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September 2016 - Wednesdays: Sept 21,28; Oct 5,12,19,26; Nov 2,9,16,23,30; Dec 7,14,21. From 9am-12noon., September 2016 - Thursdays: Sept 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17, 24; Dec 1,8,15,22. From 2pm-5pm.,, January 2017 - Wednesdays: Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr 5, 12. From 2pm-5pm., Elearning - Online chatroom sessions - Thursdays: Sept 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17, 24; Dec 1,8,15,22. From 5pm-6.30pm.

Entry Requirements:
Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content

Course Content

Course Outline:

(20 credits at level 6)

This module is available to students across various degree courses so embraces the concept of shared and interprofessional learning.

The module is designed to enable practitioners to gain further skills and understanding of the role of evidence based practice; how to search for relevant evidence, appraise relevant evidence, understand research designs, develop skills in critically reading research studies and consider the relevance of research and other evidence for health care practice.

The module does not equip students for carrying out research. It develops their ability to understand, appreciate, review and consider the results of research in the context of other evidence and research studies.

The module assignments enable students to demonstrate their literature search skills and understanding of research designs and methods, and to review evidence and research on a subject. This is achieved though a multiple choice exam and a written piece of work.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

This module can be studied on-campus or by elearning.

On-line multiple choice exam - 45 minutes. Written essay, 2,000 words

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Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Construct a systematic literature search to identify relevant research reports and other evidence.
  • Examine, analyse, and evaluate different research paradigms, methodologies, methods and aspects of the research process.
  • Evaluate the evidence on a specific topic and discuss how the findings relate to practice.
  • Demonstrate how research awareness may potentially impact on current or future practice.

The aim of this module is to build on students’ knowledge and understanding of research and the relevance of evidence in the development of practice.

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Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Or, if appropriate, via CPD-Apply:

For further information:

Module information: Colin Thain, Module Leader 01772 893622  

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839