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HLTH6236 Clinical & Health Research Project 1

Module Overview

This module will support you through the process of developing and planning a research project, including formulating an appropriate question, writing your proposal, learning about the processes for ethics and governance approvals. The assessment comprises two parts, one focused on managing challenges in conducting clinical research and the other focused on writing a research proposal.

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.

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
  • Critically synthesise and apply a practical understanding of research design and methods to your research study
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of ethics, research governance and data protection in relation to your research study
  • Critically discuss your choice of design, methods and approach to conduct of the study


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 research teams & supervisors • Developing an appropriate and feasible research question • Designing a research project and protocol • Ethical and Governance considerations - Conduct of clinical and health research • Peer Review (where appropriate) • Principles of project, time and data management The taught component of this module is shared with the following modules: HLTH6199 Conducting Clinical & Health Research; HLTH6221 Planning Clinical & Health Research. Some of the taught sessions will also be shared with students on the doctoral training programme. The assessment comprises analysis of research challenges (40%), a research proposal and supporting critical analysis (60%).

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 • Lectures • Peer review • Problem solving approaches • Tutorials • Web based resources • Blackboard (including discussion boards) • Reflective learning • Guided reading

Independent Study698
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 Strategy

The assessment of this module comprises two components: A. You will carry out an analysis of issues or challenges in conducting clinical or health research (40%) 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%. B. You will develop a research proposal (5,000 words), and a supporting critical analyses (1,000 words) of one aspect of the research proposal (60%).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%). You must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to complete this module successfully. Both assessment components must be passed (with a minimum mark of 50% ) in order to complete the programme. Parts A & B can be repeated.


Informal Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Research project  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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