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HMPR2001 Doing Research in Healthcare 2: Research design, data collection and analysis

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the Research Design, Data Collection and Analysis module is to help you to develop key research skills involved in the design of studies, collection of data, analysis of findings and presentation of results. Whilst you engage in these activities you will have the opportunity to work with an experienced research mentor, consult researchers on the practicalities of research design and process. The module builds on Level 1 modules “Doing Research 1: Literature Review” and “Evidence for Answers” drawing on the literature review skills and quantitative skills developed in those modules. The module will also interface closely with the Year 2 modules “Data Analysis in the context of Healthcare Management, Policy and Research” and “Qualitative Research: When numbers will not do!” By the end of this module you will be able to: 1. Design, collect and analyse data using a range of research methodologies 2. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches 3. Understand the ethical issues associated with different research designs 4. Present your research using written and verbal approaches to a range of different audiences 5. Undertake research projects, working both individually and as part of a group.


During this module you will: 1. Design and test a questionnaire to address a research question set by your research mentor. Develop the methods for administering the survey and present your work at a student conference. 2. Analyse quantitative data from a healthcare dataset and write up the process and findings in a journal article format. Part 1 of the module will focus on questionnaire and survey design. Specifically, you will be introduced to a healthcare issue and will work in groups to design a questionnaire to address a given research question. You will learn how to test the questionnaire through the use of cognitive interviews and refine it in response to that testing. You will become familiar with issues in survey administration and associated ethical issues and be able to apply these to design an appropriate methodology for a survey using your questionnaire. At a student conference your group will present the process of designing and refining the prototype questionnaire as well as outline your proposed survey methodology. Part 2 of the module will focus on quantitative analysis of a healthcare dataset. Specifically, you will work in a group to refine skills covered in the Semester 1 module “Data Analysis in the context of Healthcare Management, Policy and Research”. Your group will be required to use a large data set in order to answer a given research question, identifying and applying appropriate statistical techniques and coherently presenting your findings to scientific audiences. You will also be required to think about the ethical issues associated with the use of such data sets. You will develop skills in writing for publication by producing a report of the statistical analysis and findings from your project, conforming to a journal’s publication guidelines.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

In this module you will work alongside a number of researchers. In Part 1 of this module you will work in groups. A Research Mentor – a senior research of professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences - will identify a research issue and provide you with a research question and focus for your survey, as well as guide you through the process of survey design. You will have the opportunity to attend a ‘consult the expert’ session to refine your proposed survey methods and solve any issues that arise. You will take part in a series of workshops and seminars that will teach you the skills you will need to design and test your questionnaire and develop an appropriate and robust survey methodology. These sessions will give you the opportunity to learn from fellow students designing their own surveys; and provide you with a forum to identify and solve issues as they arise. The following workshops and seminars are scheduled: - Questionnaire design: using qualitative data and the literature to develop questions, question format, question order - Survey management: recruitment, ethics, increasing participation, response and bias - Cognitive interviewing practical - Consult the expert drop-in session In Part 2 of this module a different Research Mentor will introduce a healthcare dataset and research question. In groups you will develop a plan for analysis, conduct the analyses and produce a report in keeping with a journal’s guidelines. As in Part 1 of this module, you will take part in seminars and workshops to refine quantitative analysis skills developed in the Year 1 module “Evidence for Answers” and the Year 2 module “Data Analysis in the context of Healthcare Management, Policy and Research”. The following workshops and seminars are scheduled: - ?? - Presenting data - Statistical analysis surgery

Project supervision6
Preparation for scheduled sessions44
Practical classes and workshops16
Wider reading or practice41.5
Completion of assessment task80
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Saris, W. E. (2007). Design, evaluation, and analysis of questionnaires for survey research. 

Willis, G. B. (2005). Cognitive interviewing: a tool for improving questionnaire design. 

Larossi, G. (2005). The power of survey design: a user's guide for managing surveys, interpreting results, and influencing respondents. 

Robson, C (2001). Real World Research. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 50%
Statistical report  (1000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation %
Statistical report %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students may wish to purchase texts to support their learning, however, the library is well stocked with suitable texts.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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