Module code: NURM178

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

COOKE DD Dr (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Study Hours: 126

Lecture Hours: 3

Seminar Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment

Not required.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to formulate research questions, conduct literature searches and critically appraise published research evidence.

The summative assessment for this module is in two parts:

·      Part one will assess the student’s ability to formulate a systematic review question in relation to their area of interest and prepare a protocol for conducting the review. Students will be asked give an oral presentation using powerpoint slides covering the rational for their research question (10%), and a description of their literature search (without abstracts) including the rationale for choice of search terms, using PICO approach where relevant. (20%). The description should contain enough detail to allow the search to be easily replicated. Students will be required to submit a copy of their powerpoint slides electronically on SurreyLearn.

·      Part two will assess the student’s ability to appraise a research paper. Students will be asked to choose a published research paper (either an RCT or a qualitative study) identified from running their literature search and to write an essay critically appraising the evidence. Students will be assessed on their ability to: apply the CASP appraisal checklist, appraise the paper and demonstrate their understanding of what the evidence means in relation to clinical practice. (2,000 words 70 %).

·      The assignment deadline for both parts will be six weeks following the last date of the module.


Formative assessment and feedback

·         Students will be asked to summarise to the larger group at the end of each practical appraisal session to allow them to practice articulating findings. Feedback will be provided informally by teaching staff and peers.

·         Students will be encouraged to discuss their systematic review question, search strategy and powerpoint slides with staff informally or via email prior to presentation. Feedback will be in the form of discussion or list of recommendations where appropriate.

Students will be encouraged to submit a draft of their essay plan for formative feedback from teaching staff prior to submission. Staff will provide feedback in the form of tracked changes to word documents or bullet lists of recommendations where appropriate.

Reading list

Reading list for EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE AND CRITICAL APPRAISAL : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/nurm178

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Delivering Quality Healthcare MSc 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.