module specification

SH4004 - Research and Professional Practice (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Research and Professional Practice
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
18 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Personal Development Plan I (15 minute Podcast)
Coursework 80%   Personal Development Plan 2 (written)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

 This module aims to:
- Develop student’s academic study skills and digital literacy.
- Introduce students to research within the health and social care context
- Make connections between work based and academic knowledge and develop skills in all aspects of academic discourse
- Consider the professional skills required within health and social care including communication, teamwork, partnership working and an anti-bias approach
- Develop an awareness and understanding of the cultures, principles and values that underpin practice within health and social care


 Some of the key areas include:
- An introduction to study at higher education
- Academic skills
- An introduction to research skills within a health and social care context
- Communication skills
- Team work
- Partnership and inter-professional working
- Anti-biased approach / anti-oppressive practice
- Cultures, values and principles which underpin health and social care practice
- Personal development planning
- Self-awareness and reflective practice All LO1-5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Theoretical input will be through online material and exercises, seminars and workshops.  Students will also benefit from a blended learning approach through the use of Web Learn for supplementary materials, links to E-books, on-line discussions and self-assessment exercises such as reflective tasks.

Reflection and discussion are key to teaching for all students and will be in the context of tutor-led sessions and exercises incorporated into web-based materials. 

Teaching and learning strategies and methods also focus on workplace skills and professionalism.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a range of academic study skills
2. Recognise areas of development relating to their own learning
3. Understanding of key concepts of research
4. Practice research skills relating to health and social care
5. Explain the use of research in health and social practice


 Aveyard, H., Sharo, P., & Wooliams, M. (2015). A beginner's guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care.

AVEYARD, H., & SHARP, P. (2013). A beginner's guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care.

Becker, L., (2009) The Mature Student’s Handbook  Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan

CRAIG, C. (2009). Study skills for health and social care students. Los Angeles, SAGE.

Dawson, C. (2004) Learning How to Study Again: A Practical Guide to Study Skills for Mature Students Returning to Education or Distance Learning, Oxford: How To Books

FIELD, R., & OLIVER, J. (2013). Effective commissioning in health and social care.
GLASBY, J. (2012). Understanding health and social care. Bristol, Policy Press.

KLINE, R., & PRESTON-SHOOT, M. (2012). Professional accountability in social care and health: challenging unacceptable practice and its management. Exeter, Learning Matters.

McMillan, K., Weyers, J. (2010) How to Write Essays and Assignments, Harlow: Pearson (available as E book)

OKO, J., & REID, J. (2012). Study skills for health and social care students. London, SAGE.

Pearson Burns, T, Sinfield, S. (2008) (2nd edition), Essential Study Skills London: Sage

THOMAS, J., POLLARD, K. C., & SELLMAN, D. (2014). Interprofessional working in health and social care: professional perspectives.

Wilson, E., Bedford, D. (2009) Study Skills for Part-Time Students, Harlow: Pearson