The University of Southampton

MEDI6082 Clinical Research Skills

Module Overview

Understanding research, the appropriate use of qualitative and quantitative methods and how to interpret results is fundamental to being able to critique an evidence base. This module teaches you how to apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches when carrying out research or evaluating a service and to understand them when considering the results reported by others

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To provide the skills to understand how to apply qualitative and quantitative methods research methods to evaluate the body of evidence • To develop the skills required to design, undertake, analyse and write up sound qualitative and quantitative methods research

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Appraise the value, nature, uses and limitations of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Identify and justify the value of different study types and sources of data in drawing conclusions from published literature.
  • Evaluate when to use a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
  • Distinguish the differences between various statistical techniques.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess research carried out by others and evaluate its usefulness for your own practice.
  • Distinguish between the different types of data.
  • Choose appropriate techniques for data analysis.
  • Examine and undertake appropriate quality checking, data manipulation, presentation and summary methods.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compose and communicate research ideas effectively.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design an appropriate research project proposal.
  • Evaluate the current areas of controversy and research in your chosen discipline.


• Types of research • Developing a research question and proposal • Philosophy & principles of ethics in human research • Developing and practicing evidenced-based approach to literature searching: summarizing data/evidence, evaluating data/evidence • Principle & practice of critical appraisal • Systematic review methodology • Chance, bias and confounding • Accuracy, reliability and validity • Types of data • Statistical concepts and techniques • Hypothesis testing • Sample size calculation • Qualitative data collection methodology • Interviews and focus groups • Qualitative data analysis

Special Features

The module will be taught at Southampton General Hospital by an international faculty, at the forefront of their respective academic disciplines and professions. Adult learning methods will be used throughout and an emphasis placed upon interactive learning, practical demonstration and the interpretation of clinical scenarios to reinforce learning. Software to support your studying is available for download via with more information and training on the software here: Software packages available include SPSS, Confidence Interval Analysis and Statistics for the Terrified.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including lectures, active participatory methods, presentations by health researchers, e-learning/interactive tools for learning and self-assessment, computer demonstrations and practical exercises using computers, guide reading, group study and individual study.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Campbell M.J., Machin D. & Walters S.J. (2007). Medical Statistics: A Textbook for the Health Sciences. 

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

Statistics e-learning.

Electronic Statistics Textbook.

How to read a paper.

UCLA Statistical Computing Resources.

e-Books. There are many e-books available from the University of Southampton library in both allergy and related academic subjects (e.g. reflection, study skills, communication skills). Access the online site:

Bowling, A. (2005). Handbook Of Health Research Methods: Investigation, Measurement And Analysis. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be three components to the assessment i) examination of qualitative and quantitative methods knowledge and understanding ii) data management, analysis and reporting of results and iii) the development and written presentation of a research proposal. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Qualitative and Quantitative methods  () 30%
Data management, analysis and reporting of results  () 30%
Project proposal  (2000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Qualitative and Quantitative methods  () 30%
Data management, analysis and reporting of results  () 30%
Project proposal  (2000 words) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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