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Critical Thinking in Practice | ER705Y | Level 7 | Credits 30 | 2018/19
At this time, no start dates are available during 2018/19


The module introduces students to the concepts and practice of argument formulation, critical reading and writing skills. The key theme of the module is to examine and discuss a selection of research problems from different aspects and to critically evaluate their research design. This module includes a selection of outside speakers from different settings who have been selected to present issues from their wide ranging research experiences. Their experiences will support or inform student research projects.

This module intends to develop the student's ability to critically examine assumptions used by following a particular research strategy, and identify the skills needed by the practitioner to assess and evaluate these processes with and for their clients. It will focus on the wide area of public health and will particularly concentrate on rehabilitation and exercise for health arenas.

Who is this module for?

Suitable for all practitioners working in health and social care including nurses, doctors, occupational therapist, physiotherapists, social workers and speech and language therapists.


Standard entry

Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a first degree in a relevant professional area (or an equivalent overseas qualification). Recent Level 6 or 7 study will also be considered.

Non-standard entry

Qualified health and social care practitioners (without first degrees) that can demonstrate evidence of either a contribution to the development of practice, or appropriate other study, are also encouraged to apply. Alternative qualifications may be considered and applicants holding these qualifications are encouraged to submit an application form. Candidates may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts) and asked to complete a short qualifying essay.

If you are an international student, you will also need an English Language qualification such as IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each section) or other equivalent recognised language qualification.


Written assessment, an academic poster and presentation

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the spectrum of methods which can be applied in health and social care practice research.
  2. Critically appraise examples of recent research within a chosen area of practice and interpret external validity of findings.
  3. Engage in critical debate demonstrating an awareness of argument formulation, bias and fallacies.
  4. Critically evaluate current strategies of partnership working in research and propose new ways of enhancing user involvement.
  5. Debate the complex ethical and moral questions e.g. ageism, relevant to practice research and propose creative and systematic methods of addressing these issues.


Course length: 7-8 days



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Course Leader
Name: Gillian Mein

Self Funding: £1657.00

*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

Mode of Delivery
Lectures, laboratory sessions, practical sessins, tutorials and seminars, all supported with online material and activities
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