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

    Runs from 30th August to 11th October 2021

  • 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 2021

  • 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

    Semester I


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:  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. 

Runs from 30th August 2021 to 11th October 2021


Orientation Semester I 26th August 2021 09.00-17.00 - ONLINE 


Class Dates Venue

09.00-17.00: Thurs  2nd Sept. 2021

09.00-17.00: Thurs  9th Sept. 2021 BHSC
09.00-17.00: Thurs 23rd Sept. 2021 BHSC

Week  4th October 2021 Assignment Submission On-line TBC


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

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to: 

Application Form 2020/21 : NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals CPD Module Application Form

  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo).
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via email to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie



CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Boole Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie



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