Healthcare professionals should be able to engage with different forms of inquiry (such as research, audit and service evaluation) and understand how these can help inform practice. This module begins by focusing on the reasons we carry out research and other forms of inquiry, how questions arise from practice, and how we attempt to answer them. You will then be supported through the decision-making processes involved in developing a plan to answer a question that is relevant to your profession. The plan you develop will be carried out in the Research Project module.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Describe quantitative and qualitative approaches to generating knowledge in health and social care, and show understanding of their differing perspectives
- Discuss the features and characteristics of sampling methods, data collection methods and analysis relevant to quantitative and qualitative approaches
- Select and review relevant information (such as research evidence) in order to inform understanding of your profession
- Show an understanding of the practical and ethical issues that should be considered when undertaking an inquiry
- Apply your knowledge of quantitative or qualitative methods to plan how to answer an inquiry of your choice
- Demonstrate the ability to rationalise (based on existing knowledge and/or patient and professional body priorities) how an inquiry of your choice could improve your profession
This module will introduce you to why inquiry (such as research, audit, service evaluation, literature review) is fundamental to the role of healthcare professionals, and what methods we use to carry out such inquiries.
The module begins with an overview of why we carry out research and other forms of inquiry and how these questions can arise in practice. This is followed by content relating to the principles of how we generate knowledge using quantitative and qualitative methods. This will include learning about methods of sampling, data collection and analysis and how they relate to one another. You will also learn about the important ethical and governance considerations that ensure an inquiry can be carried out with minimal risk.
This knowledge will allow you to plan and describe a protocol (whether for research, audit, service evaluation or literature review), supported by a project supervisor, which you will carry out in the Research Project module
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module involves taught sessions relating to:
- the purpose of research and other types of inquiry
- methods used in research
- selecting and reviewing literature
- how to write a protocol
The module will also involve profession-specific seminars to gain insight into research in your professional field. As part of a formative (unmarked) assessment, you will have an opportunity to discuss the topic of your project protocol, your proposed research question, and an outline of your proposed research design.
Individual or group meetings with supervisors will support the development of a protocol, which forms the summative assessment.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||34|
|Completion of assessment task||65|
|Total study time||185.5|
Resources & Reading list
Dawn-Marie Walker (2014). An Introduction to Health Services Research: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.
Ann Bowling (2014). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. Open University Press.
Pranee Liamputtong (2016). Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-based Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press,.
Completion of a protocol for either research, audit, service evaluation or literature review.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Project plan
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: External