Module Identifier DSM0420  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Ms Tanya C Rogers  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Report 2,000-2,500 words each  50%
Semester Assessment Report 2,000-2,500 words each  50%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

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


This module is at CQFW Level 7