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Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals NU6005

Course Fact File
DurationSeptember - November
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31/07/2024

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

Start Date29th August 2024


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 29th August - 7th November

Orientation August 29th

Class Dates Venue

Thurs 17th Oct 2023 09.00-16.30

Thurs 31st Oct 2023 09:00-16:30 BHSC
Thurs 7th November 2023 09.00-16:30 BHSC

Dates are subject to slight changes. 


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.


Module Name Module Code Requirement 1 Requirement 2 Requirement 3 Requirement 4
Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals NU6005 Applicants must be practising nurses with evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module; Applicants must provide evidence, a letter of support, that they will be working in a critical care environment (for a minimum of 19.5 hours/week); Applicants must provide a letter of support from their respective Director of Nursing and confirmation of having secured a clinical facilitator/preceptor for the duration of the module. Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules whose main language is not English and 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. If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900 which includes the €35 application fee. 

How To Apply

To apply for this module click the Apply Now button.  Once you have created your profile you can start your application by selecting the option below:

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • The full module fee of €900 will be payable on submission of your application.

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