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HLTH6116 Developing Research Skills

Module Overview

This module aims to facilitate you to enhance your research skills in an aspect of clinical research. The purpose of this module is to allow you to critically evaluate your own skills and experience in relation to clinical research and to negotiate learning experiences which will improve your clinical research skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

On successful completion of the module you should be able to: 1. Appraise your research skills and learning needs, identifying strengths and weaknesses in relation to your future career plans 2. Provide a rationale for a specific research task aimed at addressing a skills deficit 3. Critically evaluate your learning experience and skills development in relation to the identified research task 4. Evaluate the context of your chosen research task, including critical analysis of the methods, process, existing evidence-base or other research issues as appropriate 5. Report the outcomes of your chosen task using an appropriate format (e.g. analysis report, poster, outline grant application, literature review report, reflective account)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use learning resources: be able to use a range of relevant learning resources.
  • Self evaluate: be reflective of own and others’ functioning in order to improve clinical research practice
  • Manage information: competently undertake a research task with under supervision
  • Be autonomous: be an independent and self critical learner and manage own requirements for continuing development.
  • Communication: engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and completely
  • Problem-solve: demonstrate independent learning ability required for continuing professional study, making professional use of others where appropriate


Activity For this module you will be allocated a research mentor who will work with you to identify a suitable research task within a Faculty of Health Sciences Research Group ( ). You will work with your mentor and the module leader to identify an aspect of clinical research practice that you would like to explore further and to match this to an appropriate research task. You will be required to: • Negotiate learning opportunities within the Research Group that will enable you to meet your identified development need • Self manage and regulate your activities effectively so that you meet the aims and learning outcomes on time and in an appropriate manner; • Reflect on and evaluate the process of learning and the results achieved in a systematic and critical way; • Use feedback from colleagues and academic advisors constructively; • Take responsibility for collecting evidence to demonstrate learning; • Sustain your commitment to devising and carrying out an agreed research task . Tutorials and learning group sessions will be the foci of this module. The learning group will enable you to reflect on and consolidate learning. Indicative content for these groups will include: • The self-assessment of research skills and learning needs • Self-evaluation and reflection • Future learning needs and career planning • Evaluation of the context for the chosen research task • Negotiation of an appropriate output and form of presentation An induction session will be provided to: • Identify the module philosophy and purpose. • Identify your research mentor • Assist with identification of a research output and form of presentation for the assignment You will be required to: • Identify and justify activities/methods/issues suitable for research skills development • Negotiate, develop and complete a research skills activity • Develop suitable formats for presentation and assessment

Special Features

You will be allocated to a research mentor who will work with you to identify a suitable research supervisor within one of the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Groups. You will also be supported by the module leader. You will work with your mentor to identify an aspect or aspects of the research process which you would like to explore further. Examples of learning opportunities available within the research groups might include one or more of the following: proposal writing; literature review; laboratory analysis skills; secondary data analysis; clinical data collection and management; physiological measurement; presentation and dissemination. Not all opportunities will be available in all Research Groups at all times and the choice of area for study must be negotiated with the research group mentor and the module leader.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Negotiated lecture content, self-directed learning, group working, negotiation with research mentor/supervisor, learning groups, tutorials.

Wider reading or practice60
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Project supervision10
Follow-up work100
Practical classes and workshops8
Completion of assessment task50
Total study time242

Resources & Reading list

Firm foundations for more effective practice. ,16 , pp. 199-205.

Turning research into practice (TRIP searchable database).

Netting the evidence A ScHARR into evidence based practice on the internet.

Walshe K. and Ham C. (1997). Who’s acting on the evidence. , pp. 22-25.

BMJ Search archive.

Accredited Work Based Learning: an approach for collaboration between higher education and practice.. ,21 , pp. 597-606.

Seers, K (1998). Use of clinical guidelines in the development of practice. In Roe B. & Webb C. (eds). Research and development in clinical nursing practice.. 



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Essay 100%


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Essay 100%
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