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Using Research Knowledge CPPD

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Course overview

This module will begin by providing a philosophical background to modern approaches to research. It will cover the emergence of modernist sciences-relativism, empiricism positivism, induction deduction and hypothetico- deductivism. The introduction will be followed by sessions that look at the nature of data and aspects of its collection. The module will explore differing methodological approaches to research such as, experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, phenomenology, ethnography and grounded theory.

Aspects of data collection will include, the nature of variables, sampling regimes, measurement tools, validity and reliability. Having reviewed how data are collected, the principle methods of displaying both qualitative and quantitative data will be examined, an overview of the use of questionnaires, interview and other techniques will then follow. Approaches to analyses data will also be covered.

Central to these discussions will be the centrality of the researcher and participants in the construction of knowledge, ethics and values within research. The module will include exploring models of conducting and writing research critique and approaches to the implementation of research findings.


This is a Nursing Studies top-up degree programme module. If you wish to complete a top-up degree, please apply directly on the Nursing Studies programme webpage. If you would still like to complete this module as a CPPD student but would like to complete a top-up degree at a later date, please note that you will only be able to transfer a maximum of 30 credits which have been awarded within 5 years prior to the start date of the programme (top-up degree). For any further information regarding top-up degrees please contact the CPPD team (

Module dates

Term 1

SEP: Wednesday 25 September 2019 
OCT: Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 2019
NOV: Wednesday 6 and 13  November 2019

Module Submission Date: 6 January 2020

Term 2

JAN: Wednesday 22 January 2020
FEB: Wednesday 5 and 19 February 2020
MAR: Wednesday 4 March 2020

Module Submission Date: 20 April 2020



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

You must be registered in the United Kingdom as a nurse.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Dr Eamonn McKeown

    Eamonn is the Divisional Lead for the Health Services Research & Management Division in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London.

    He obtained his BA (Hons) and PhD, both in Social Anthropology, from Queen's University, Belfast. He has previously conducted extended anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea ...