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HLTH6198 Clinical & Health Research Project

Module Overview

This module will provide you with experience of undertaking an empirical clinical or health research project. You will work with appropriate supervision. This module will support you through the entire process of carrying out a research project, including formulating an appropriate question, writing your proposal, obtaining necessary ethics and governance approvals, planning and undertaking the project, analysing data and writing up the study in the form of a paper. The paper will be in a format suitable for publication in a refereed academic journal and will demonstrate your ability to apply your research knowledge and skills in the design, execution and reporting of the project.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

You will develop and justify a research question relevant to your practice/field of interest and will write a research proposal, supported by relevant evidence. You will use your knowledge and understanding of different research designs and methods and demonstrate a clear understanding of ethics, research governance principles and conduct of research in clinical and health settings in developing your research plan. You will obtain all relevant approvals and carry out your research study (with appropriate supervision), demonstrating an ability to present and analyse research data and critically interpret this in light of current knowledge. You will justify your conclusions using well-reasoned arguments, taking into account the limitations or constraints of the study. Finally, you will communicate findings in a clearly focussed paper thus allowing you to contribute to the growing knowledge base underpinning evidence based practice

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop and justify an original research question relevant to your practice/field of interest, supporting your argument with critical appraisal of relevant evidence
  • Demonstrate understanding of research designs and methods and how to apply them appropriately to your chosen research question
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethics, research governance and data protection in relation to your research study
  • Undertake the research study to address your specific question (with appropriate supervision), with relevant approvals
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage, analyse and present research data and critically interpret this in light of current knowledge
  • Justify your conclusions using well-reasoned arguments and taking into account the limitations or constraints of the study to make recommendations for practice/future research
  • Communicate findings, succinctly, critically and objectively in a clearly focussed paper thus allowing you to contribute to the growing knowledge base underpinning evidence based practice

Syllabus

This module builds on content covered in the Design & Methods for Clinical and Health Research (or equivalent) module and includes: • Applying critical appraisal skills • Working with a supervisor • Developing an appropriate and feasible research question • Designing a research project and protocol • Ethical and Governance considerations • Peer Review (where appropriate) • Quantitative and/or qualitative data reporting (as appropriate) • Evaluation of the research process/evidence • Presentation skills • Writing skills • Dissemination strategies • Project, time and data management The taught component of this module is shared with the following modules: HLTH6190 Conducting Clinical & Health Research; HLTH6191 Planning Clinical & Health Research; HLTH6059 MSc Dissertation. Some of the taught sessions will also be shared with students on the doctoral training programme. The assessment comprises analysis of research challenges (15%), a research proposal and supporting critical analysis (30%), and a research report in the form of a paper for publication with supporting project file (55%).

Special Features

You will have opportunity to work and/or collaborate with research active staff at this research led university.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You assume responsibility for your own learning. This module adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies including: • Self Directed learning • Peer review • Problem solving approaches • Academic supervision • Tutorials •Research seminars • Small collaborative and inter-professional group work (Action Learning sets). • Web based resources • Blackboard (including discussion boards) • Reflective learning • Guided reading

TypeHours
Teaching86
Independent Study664
Total study time750

Resources & Reading list

Walker D-M (2014). An Introduction to Health Services Research. 

Portney LG & Watkins MP (2013). Foundations of Clinical Research. Applications to Practice. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment of this module comprises three components: 1. You will carry out an analysis of issues or challenges in conducting clinical or health research (15%) You will be presented with 5 scenarios representing challenges or issues relevant to the conduct of research in clinical or health settings. You will choose 3 of the 5 scenarios for your assignment, providing a brief rationale for your choice. You will discuss solutions to the chosen scenarios, supporting your recommendations with critical appraisal of relevant literature and with reference to relevant policy and legislation. This assignment component will be 3500 words +/-10%. 2. You will develop a research proposal (5,000 words), and a supporting critical analyses (1,000 words) of one aspect of the research proposal (30%).The proposal will include a research question, rationale for the topic/question, design, methods, plan for data collection and analysis and detailed study timetable, This assignment component will be a 5000 word proposal (=/- 10%) and 1,000 word critical analyses (+/-10%). 3. You will carry out your research study and produce a written report of your study (55%) This will be presented as a research paper written to the style/requirements of a specified refereed academic journal of your choice, and a project file. You will adhere to the relevant instructions to authors for your chosen journal however there is a maximum word limit of 5,000 words. If the instructions to authors give no, or very high, limits then these figures represent the upper limit. For the assessment you will need to submit the name of the journal and a copy of the ‘instructions to authors’ alongside of the research paper. You are required to produce a comprehensive Project File of your research process which details each stage of your research journey (e.g. how decisions were made, supervision meetings, detailed analysis, literature review), with supporting documentation. Various items will need to be included within the log book (as per specified guidelines) all of which will be checked by the research supervisor. You must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to complete this module successfully. All three assessment components must be passed (with a minimum mark of 50% )in order to complete the programme.

Formative

Informal Presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Research project Report  (13500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
HLTH6192Design and Methods for Clinical and Health Research
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