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Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Midwifery Knowledge & Research
|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
• Understand the importance of research as a means of generating knowledge.
• Recognise different study designs and data collection methods used to generate research knowledge.
• 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
Multiple Choice Question Exam
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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|Alison Cooke||Unit coordinator|