BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Midwifery Knowledge & Research

Unit code NURS13152
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Midwifery Knowledge and Research Unit represents the first unit of the research pathway. It is taught at level 4 and introduces students to the nature of midwifery knowledge and the generation of knowledge through research. It sets a foundation from which students may appreciate the nature of knowledge and the means by which knowledge is generated both in midwifery and in healthcare in general.

Students will be introduced to the philosophical underpinnings of knowledge and how the main research paradigms have developed from these. This will lead the students to understand the nature of the data generated by quantitative and qualitative research.

The unit will serve as a platform from which students may move to a deeper understanding of research through the "Evidence-based midwifery practice" unit at level 5 and Dissertation unit at level 6.


Introduce the student to the assumptions underpinning midwifery knowledge and facilitate an understanding of the approaches to systematic knowledge generation.

Teaching and learning methods

Students will receive a mix of live and recorded online lectures and videos. They will then be given a task or tasks such as: discussion board activity; directed or self directed reading. The session will end with questions about the topic. These will be formative work as they will take the same form as the end of unit examination.

Knowledge and understanding

       Understand the nature and meaning of different types of data generated through primary research

       Appreciate the significance of primary research as a systematic, rigorous means of knowledge generation

Intellectual skills

       Understand the importance of research as a means of generating knowledge.

       Recognise different study designs and data collection methods used to generate research knowledge.

Practical skills

       Identify different sources of midwifery knowledge which underpin practice

       Demonstrate an ability to link methodologies to research questions

Transferable skills and personal qualities

       Demonstrate awareness of a range of methodologies pertinent to answer specific research questions

       Demonstrate awareness of issues in research construction in healthcare settings

Assessment methods

Multiple Choice Question Exam

Feedback methods

Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment in the form of weekly practice multiple choice questions (MCQs). Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit.

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 8
Tutorials 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 68

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alison Cooke Unit coordinator

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