Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Exploiting Research Information
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Tutorial support is made available at the start of the module to introduce students to open learning principles. Tutorial support is arranged as appropriate.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report ( 2,000 - 2,500 words equivalent)  50%
Semester Assessment Report ( 2,000 - 2,500 words equivalent)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* explain how research information is stored and retrieved, using various types of databases in the health sector as examples of `evidence-based? research presentation for a variety of audiences

* describe and appraise some of the sources of evidence based information

* explain how statistical evidence is presented and discuss the implications of presentation format

* discuss how qualitative and quantitative evidence may be appraised

* apply skills of critical appraisal

* propose a strategy to ensure that knowledge and evidence is shared within an organisation and its clientele, and that any appropriate changes are made when new evidence becomes available


Unit 1 discusses the scientific method, the process of generation of the research evidence in a knowledge base and the role of consensus in deciding how and where research is published. Unit 2 discusses the format of research evidence in various databases, and how such databases are searched. Unit 3 covers critical appraisal skills required for selecting and using the evidence. Unit 4 discusses how to implement a culture which values an evidence-based approach to practice, and how to achieve awareness and acceptance of research information in the process of implementing research findings. Unit 5 discusses the presentation of the research evidence, demonstrating how changing the way in which statistics on risk are presented can affect our attitudes to whether the evidence is compelling or not. Unit 6 examines some possible future directions to information systems research and `evidence-based practice? for information professionals.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Explanation of the reasons why attitudes towards risks depend on how the statistics are presented.
Communication Presentation of a strategy which will help the implementation of research into practice. Awareness of some pitfalls in presenting information on risk.
Improving own Learning and Performance Integral to the scheme through independent learning in the distance learning scheme, and open learning during full-time study.
Information Technology Awareness of the way research databases are constructed for retrieval of the information contained.
Personal Development and Career planning Integral to module, which supports evidence practice and critical thinking among information professionals.
Problem solving Thinking how a problem should be formulated. Matching an appropriate research design to a problem
Research skills Comparing different research designs. Awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of various common features of research databases
Team work Awareness of the importance of influence, and team working to develop a strategy to `get research into practice,


This module is at CQFW Level 7