Module details for Evidence-Based Practice 2


To provide students with an enhanced understanding evidence based practice.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to further develop the skills required to utilise evidence in the clinical practice environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Utilise an evidence based approach to the delivery and development of health care for a range of client groups.

2.  Critically appraise different types of evidence and the value and utility of different approaches to generating evidence.

3.  Critically analyse strategies to promote and develop best practice in the clinical setting.

4.  Consider strategies for improving quality in health care

Indicative Content

1 Evidence based practice

The context of EBO and the practice environment: formulating answerable questions using PICO, utilizing a hierarchy of evidence, filtering evidence, practising evidence based health care, utilising clinical audit to inform practice, systematic reviews of the literature. Understanding the peer review process. Advanced searching skills

2 Appraising evidence

Critical appraisal skills for qualitative and quantitative research . Making sense of literature reviews. Drawing conclusions based on evidence. Drawing on evidence to support change and development and to enhance professional and academic practice

3 Promoting and developing practice

Promoting an evidence based culture, decision making in practice, dissemination of research and its influence on practice, working in a multidisciplinary environment to develop practice, utilizing an empowerment approach to care planning and practice development

4 Quality improvement

Understanding the quality agenda. Approaches to quality improvement and its evaluation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 7
Assessment 40
Independent 125
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.