This module aims to advance students' knowledge of research methodology and research methods, and their application to research related activity in professional practice. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for professional practice and provides an overview of methodologies and methods currently used in research in health and social care working environments. The module will equip students with skills to locate, appraise and utilise research, and to plan and execute a piece of research work. It seeks to prepare students to develop a suitable research question as a basis for identifying an appropriate research methodology for a small-scale practice-based empirical research project, research based literature review, or research based audit or quality enhancement project. By the end of the module, students will be able to prepare a rationale for their chosen research project.