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HPRS3021 Research Project

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work with a supervisor to propose a research, audit or service evaluation hypothesis/question and undertake a research/audit/service evaluation project from conception to completion
  • Explain the need to gain the necessary ethical, audit and/or Research and Development (R&D) Approvals
  • Apply ethical considerations and recognise ethical boundaries and frameworks as determined by legal, professional and statutory bodies
  • Demonstrate an ability to gather and evaluate evidence and information from a wide range of sources
  • Adopt systematic approaches to analysing, evaluating and reporting of the information collected
  • Demonstrate logical and systematic thinking, with an ability to draw reasoned conclusions, recognise limitations and sustainable judgements informed by critical review
  • Prioritise workload and manage time effectively
  • Engage in self-directed learning that promotes professional development as an active member of an ALS, recording and acting on actions raised during the sessions


The content to support the module will include: • Action Learning Sets: what they are and how they be used for independent learning • Searching for relevant literature, development of search strategies • Formulating research questions • Research proposals • Writing a critical review of the research literature • Peer review assessment • Experimental/study design and execution • Data handling and presenting results: statistical considerations • Ethical considerations • Research governance framework • Ethical considerations in relation to research • Dissemination strategies • Project and time management • Research for service development • Involvement of users in design, implementation and dissemination of research findings • Supervisory sessions

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The main strategy for this module is the further development of student-centred learning using Action Learning Sets (ALS). Students are allocated to an ALS group of 5-6 students. The purpose of the ALS is to create an active research environment and establish a forum for the students to discuss their research with their peers. During these sessions students discuss the development of their project protocols and navigation of governance processes. ALS sessions are supplemented by keynote lectures covering specific methodological and ethical issues. In addition to timetabled sessions students receive support from a named supervisor who provides additional tutorial assistance; these may be delivered face to face or electronically. Additional electronic resources to support the module are made available on Blackboard. The majority of the project itself is carried out in a healthcare setting supported both remotely by an academic supervisor and more locally by a workplace supervisor. Two visits are made during the placement at which the project is discussed.

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Wider reading or practice80
Follow-up work100
Completion of assessment task88
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Critical appraisal resources.

For resources which are required or considered useful for the module: key texts, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information. Description and/or list, with URL, library reference, etc. 

Bell, J. (2005). Doing your Research Project. 

Aveyard, H. (2010). Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide.. 

Bowling, A. (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services.. 

Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to read a paper : the basics of evidence-based medicine. 

French, S, Reynolds, F, Swain, J (2001). Practical Research: a guide for therapists. 



Protocol, Search Strategy, Gantt Chart


MethodPercentage contribution
Project Poster 20%
Project report 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Project Poster 20%
Project report 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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