Continuing Professional Development

Developing Critical Appraisal Skills

Overview

The details
Developing Critical Appraisal Skills
HS602
30 credits
Level 5
No date available
Colchester Campus

Please note this module may have multiple start dates and may run in more than one location.  Visit our CPD page to  view our module calendar which indicates all start dates, course locations, application deadlines and more information about how the modules are assessed.

As health and social care evolves, professionals are expected to look for innovative ways of improving their practice.

This module will give you the confidence to explore different approaches to research with a critical perspective, and apply it to your professional practice.

You will develop knowledge and critical understanding of the research process; explore different types of evidence; and understand the implications for evidence based practice (EBP) through use of a range of theoretical and practical critical appraisal skills.

You’ll learn to make informed decisions using evidence from research, which will give you confidence that you are capable of evidence-based decision making that you can use to underpin your professional practice

Learning outcomes

After this module you will:

  • have knowledge and critical understanding of the research process and research methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and appreciate the implications for informing practice as part of evidence-based practice (EBP)
  • have undertaken a systematic search to identify appropriate evidence to answer a practice-based question
  • be able to select appropriate critical appraisal tools and apply these to identify strengths/weaknesses to the way evidence has been generated -including research ethics
  • make informed judgements about the implications of different types of evidence for clinical decision making as part of EBP

Accreditation and professional recognition

Mapping to Programme Outcomes is dependent on Programme of study https://www1.essex.ac.uk/programmespecs/

Mapping to Regulatory Body Standards: N/A

Our expert staff

This module was written and has been taught by Jennie Todd for ten years; she has been researching and teaching in Higher Education for almost two decades in roles that include senior research officer and research advisor for the East of England NIHR RDS.

What our participants say

“I learned new skills, teaching was well organised, tutor was very approachable” (level 6 student 2018/19 cohort comment on SAMT)

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites: Module is relevant for any health/social care practitioner currently practising within a health/social care setting. CPD students would need to discuss the appropriate level of enrolment required depending on previous study/experience.

Structure

Module Outline

Face to face taught sessions for three hours a week for ten weeks. Curriculum topics include examination of a variety of research designs (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) in the wider context of evidenced based practice (EBP), and the development of a range of practical appraisal skills.

Assessment strategy

Submit one 3000-word piece of coursework (100% weighting, 40 pass mark) Assessment is based on own selection of practice-based issue, search for relevant evidence and selection of appropriate research paper/s for critical appraisal.

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

You can contact our reception on 01206 872854, who will direct your query to the appropriate module contact. You can also contact the CPD team on cpd@essex.ac.uk