The module aims to provide the student with a chance to critically analyse a topic of interest within nursing.


The aim of this module is to: equip students with the knowledge to be able to undertake a literature review in an area of interest to the student.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate advanced literature searching skills.

2.  Critically analyse literature within an area of interest.

3.  Demonstrate the ability to synthesise a body of literature.

4.  Critically evaluate a range of research methods.

5.  Write a literature review using a systematic approach

Indicative Content

1 Research skills

Interpreting data, advanced search strategy skills, critical thinking and evaluation, ethics, research methods,topic identification.

2 Nature of literature reviews

Critical writing skills, evaluation and synthesis of research,presentation and organisational skills.

3 Literature searching

Use CINAHL and other relevant databases to identify a bodd of literature for review.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will be taught mainly through one to one supervision. Additional activities to develop their understanding of writing a literature review will comprise of individual advanced literature searching, seminars evaluation of journal articles, presentation skills. Group tasks include , critically discussing findings within the literature.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 300
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 5
Supervised Practical Activity 15
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 230

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.