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Researching Health and Social Care

Module titleResearching Health and Social Care
Module codeNUR3101
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Holly Sugg (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module supports you to exit the MSci (Hons) Nursing programme at Level 6 with a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies (without nurse registration). The module is a Stage 3 / Level 6 module replacing 30 credits of 60 credit Clinical Immersion 3 (NUR3000 or NUR3050 depending on student pathway). The module provides a route to an academic award (without nurse registration) for students who do not wish to, or are unable to, continue to nurse registration. 

This module enables you to conduct a literature review and to prepare a research proposal in relation to an area of interest in the context of health and social care.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to consolidate your learning in relation to research in health and social care and to enable you to refine skills in literature reviewing and research proposal design. 

The module consolidates previous learning, specifically in relation to the Evidence-based Practice and Ethics and Professional Pillars of Learning of the MSci (Hons) Nursing Programme. 

Evidence for practice: as an Exeter nurse you will understand how to monitor and evaluate the quality of patients’ experience to inform and improve the quality of care and services in partnership with the patient and colleagues. Your advanced grasp of research methods and implementation science will enable you to produce, as well as locate and use, the evidence for practice. E 

Ethics and Professionalism: this pillar will allow the Exeter Nurse to demonstrate commitment and professional values including social justice, compassion, dignity and integrity and the flourishing of individuals, families and communities. E&P

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate the ability to formulate evidence-based research questions (E)
  • 2. Demonstrate skills in research design (E)

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Conduct a literature review which identifies a deficit in knowledge relating to a specific research area in health and social care (E)
  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of research ethics to chosen research design (E, E&P)

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise and synthesise evidence (E)
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability to to design and plan a research project (E)

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows: 

The module comprises two key components: a teaching day to consolidate your learning; and on-going supervision sessions with a member of the Academy of Nursing team, as follows:   

  1. Module Overview: a single day (5 hours) of classroom-based teaching will be delivered to set out the structure of the module and assessments; allow students to meet with their supervisor; and refresh key concepts of literature reviewing and research design, consolidating learning from earlier Stages of the MSci (Hons) Nursing Programme.
  2. Supervision: 1:1 supervision meetings (or in groups depending on student numbers,  supervisor allocation, student’s chosen research topic) will take place for 1.5 hour each week to support development of the literature review and research proposal.  

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities5Whole day workshop (5 hours) to consolidate learning around literature reviewing and research proposal development;
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities15Individual or group based supervision to support preparation of literature review and research proposal, including research ethics, governance and data management considerations.
Guided Independent Study280Development of literature review (including searching, appraisal and synthesis of academic literature) and research proposal (including identification of evidence-based research question, selection of appropriate research approach, and consideration of research ethics, governance and data management processes).


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
N/A – Ongoing supervision provides formative feedback and feedforward on student progressN/AN/AN/A

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Literature Review502000 words1,3,5Written feedback
Research Proposal 502000 words2,4,6Written feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Literature Review (50%)Literature Review (2000 words)1,3,5TBA Up to 4 weeks after results
Research Proposal (50%)Research Proposal (2000 words)2, 4, 6Up to 4 weeks after results

Re-assessment notes

Resubmission of a revised written assessment should include response to the written feedback provided on the first submission.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Research Design Texts:

  • Bechhofer F. & Paterson L. (2000) Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences Routledge
  • Ellis P. (2018) Understanding Research for Nursing Students Sage Publications
  • Parahoo K. (2014) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues Bloomsbury
  • Thomas G. (2017) How to do your Research Project: A Guide for Students (3rd Edition) Sage Publications.
  • Williamson G.R. & Whittaker A. (2019) Succeeding in Literature Reviews and Research Project Plans for Nursing Students Learning Matters
    • Web based and electronic resources:ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

      Academic Journals
    • Journal of Advanced Nursing
    • International Journal of Nursing Studies
    • Journal of Clinical Nursing
    • Evidence-based Nursing
    • BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies
    • BMC Health Services Research

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Nursing, Evidence-based Practice, Health Services Research, Research Ethics, Health Care, Social Care 

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

NUR1000, NUR1100, NUR2000, NUR2100, NUR3600 & NUR3200 or 2 modules from NUR3300/NUR3400/NUR3500 

Module co-requisites

Other Level 6/Stage 3 Nursing MSci Nursing Programme (as above) with exception of NUR3000 or NUR3050

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