UCC CPD courses

Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals NU6005


Fact File

  • Title

    Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals NU6005

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    October & November 2022; Core Module linked to Post Graduate Programmes (Blended - Face/On-line)

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th June 2023

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.  Exact rooms to be confirmed closer to the commencement of the module in Semester 1.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    9th October 2023


Module Objective: To develop the student's ability to adopt an evidence-based practice approach to professional practice.

Module Content: This module will explore how healthcare professionals can integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/service user preferences and values, for the delivery of clinically effective healthcare. The process and steps of evidence-based practice will be outlined including the development of a focused evidence-based research question. Developing search strategies and retrieving evidence across a range of healthcare databases. Critically appraising evidence and its implications for healthcare decision making. Explore in detail the research process, with a specific focus on quantitative, qualitative, mixed method and systematic review research. Developing an EBP question and designing an evidence-based practice protocol.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Develop a focused evidence-based practice question relevant to healthcare.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of information technology, information literacy and research literacy.
  • Analyse and critically examine current evidence relevant to student's practice/healthcare area.
  • Evaluate the contribution of evidence-based practice to the development of the discipline of nursing/midwifery.
  • Examine strategies to evaluate the effects of evidence-based practice and its contribution to decision making.
  • To identify challenges and enablers for operationalising implementation of best evidence into professional practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research process through the production of a focused evidence-based practice protocol.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method: Core Module linked to Post Graduate Programmes (Blended - Face/On-line) 16hrs Lectures/Workshop; 184hrs Distance Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning.  Blended on-line learning with 3 workshop dates on Campus. 

 Module runs 9 Oct -12 Nov 2023

Orientation Semester 29  August 2023


Class Dates Venue

Thurs 12th Oct 2023 09.00-17.00

Thurs 19th Oct 2023 09:00-17:00 BHSC
Thurs 26 October 2023 09.00-17.00 BHSC

Week of 13th Nov 2023 Assignment submission


Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Literature Review 3,000 words: 180 marks; E activities: 20 marks).

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Failed final assignment must be repeated (Revise and resubmit 2,500 word protocol). Marks for e-tivities will be carried forward.

Why Choose

Skills and Careers Information

NU6005 - Core module across many programmes.


Open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants who are practising health care professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration), the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) Applicants from allied disciplines must provide evidence of professional certification, where appropriate.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

This module will not necessarily run unless the minimum recruitment target of 10 students is achieved.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

 Applications for Semester 1 will open on 13th March 2023

  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.

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