BNurs Mental Health Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Evidence Based Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS10042
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will develop students understanding of the importance of evidence as an underpinning determinant of best nursing practice. It will consider types of evidence and where evidence can be found, using a variety of pedagogic approaches, including Face to Face lectures, small group tutorials, a practical skills based workshop and access to a range of online resources. 


This unit aims to enable students to recognise how evidence can be used to support and enhance best practice through developing students’ understanding of the principles of evidence based practice, enhancing students’ knowledge of how to systematically find evidence and supporting students’ ability to recognise, review and appraise a variety of evidence sources.


Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are mapped to the NMC (2018) platforms.

Teaching and learning methods

The intended learning outcomes (ILOs) and aims are all constructively aligned to ensure the teaching and assessment methods support the students’ achievement of these to the highest standard. The assessment ensures that all aims and ILOs can be demonstrated as met during the assessment task and in order to facilitate students’ understanding of the ILOs the following teaching methods will be used:
  • Face to face whole group lectures
  • Online lectures (Podcasts)
  • Online tasks
  • Online resources
  • Small group tutorial 
  • Practical skills based workshop

Knowledge and understanding

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence base practice and its value in enhancing nursing care (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7)
  • Develop knowledge of how to locate different evidence sources (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7) 
  • Develop understanding of how to review and appraise varied evidence sources (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7)

Intellectual skills

  • Recognise and appraise different sources of evidence and their relative values for nursing and midwifery practice (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7)

Practical skills

  • Develop skills in carrying out systematic evidence searches (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop skills in evidence based literature retrieval (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7)
  • Support understanding of how evidence underpins and enhances nursing and midwifery care (1.7, 1.15, 4.5, 4.7). 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

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

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 14
Practical classes & workshops 2
Seminars 4
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 111.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Penelope Stanford Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Formative Assessment Opportunities:

This is an open book exam. Students will be given the question and review paper 6 weeks prior to the exam date. Students will be given the opportunity to ask additional questions about the exam at a small group tutorial session 1 week after they have received the exam information and 5 weeks prior to the actual exam.

Additionally, students will all receive 1 whole group face to face lecture on the assessment. task  A bespoke area on Blackboard dedicated to information about the assessment, detailed guidance in the unit handbook, and an allocated tutorial lead, who will lead the tutorial and answer specific questions for both formative and summative work. 


Summative Assessment task(s)


Weighting within unit

An open book exam of 2 parts. Students will be given the required information 6 weeks prior to the exam date.

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