Module Identifier ILM0420  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Ms Tanya C Rogers  
Course delivery 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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
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:


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

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  
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.  
Team work Awareness of the importance of influence, and team working to develop a strategy to `get research into practice,  
Information Technology Awareness of the way research databases are constructed for retrieval of the information contained.  
Application of Number Explanation of the reasons why attitudes towards risks depend on how the statistics are presented.  
Personal Development and Career planning Integral to module, which supports evidence practice and critical thinking among information professionals.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bryman, Alan (2004.) Social research methods /Alan Bryman. 0199264465
Bryman, Alan. (2004.) Social research methods /Alan Bryman. 0199264465

Web Page/Sites


This module is at CQFW Level 7