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AUDI2007 Research Methods

Module Overview

This module aims to facilitate the development of lifelong learning with respect to the research process by introducing students to research approaches and methodology. The intention is that they will become informed recipients of research evidence, able to understand its application to practice. The module will afford students the opportunity to experience data collection & analysis and to hone their critical appraisal skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Be aware of the scope of literature that underpins the practice of modern healthcare science • Search for relevant literature and apply evidence to support an argument • Understand the principles of experimental design and statistical analysis • Design and analyse viable research studies in your discipline • Understand the requirement and procedures for obtaining ethical committee approval • Interpret the output from commonly used analysis methods and draw conclusions based on a combination of the analysis and the underlying science • Perform basic statistical calculations • Know how to write a scientific report

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and synthesise relevant literature that underpins the practice of modern healthcare science pertinent to your discipline, including the use of appropriate literature searching tools
  • Describe the main methods used for qualitative and quantitative research in health and social care, including methods used for gathering and recording data, and for basic descriptive and inferential statistical analysis
  • Critically appraise qualitative and quantitative research literature pertinent to your discipline in terms of the appropriateness of the study design, the validity of the findings, and any ethical considerations
  • Collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate methods
  • Interpret and report quantitative and qualitative data descriptively and statistically

Syllabus

• Research concepts • Research Audit and service improvement, • Research Governance, • Risk assessment in research protocols, • Evidence Based Medicine, • Literature searching and reference managing, • Practical collection of data • Principles of qualitative and quantitative research, samples and populations, scales and categories of measurement, validity, errors and bias, control groups and matched controls. • Between-subject and within-subject designs, • Defining experimental hypotheses, • Statistical methods for description and hypothesis testing, • Concept of statistical power, • Calculation of sample size, • Measures and tests of association, • Reading research publications critically • Writing a critical review of the research literature • Interpretation and evaluation of qualitative data • Principles of safety and ethics in research. • Procedures for multi-centre and local research ethical committees • Writing a critical review of the research literature • Succinct reporting of findings

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Two 45-minute lectures per week in a formal classroom setting. During these lectures there may be small group work with 4 students per group discussing salient issues with feedback from each group to the whole class. • Computer room tutorials: statistics exercises with computers • Tutorial sessions, where the students will discuss formative assignments with the tutor. • Students will need to work in your own time and in timetabled independent learning sessions in order to supplement lectures and practical skills. In addition to the information resources available to you, you will be able to meet with the module co-ordinator for assistance. Learning activities include: • Students will complete formative assignments which test the student’s knowledge and understanding. Feedback on these is given during lecture sessions. • Working in student’s own time and in timetabled independent learning sessions. Students are expected to read supporting texts outlined in the book list and make reference to appropriate academic journals in order to support lectures.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task120
Tutorial10
Lecture20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Additional resources to be provided separately.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Report 67%
Report 33%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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