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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. The Clinical Research Skills 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

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess research carried out by others.
  • Propose appropriate techniques for data collection and analysis.
  • Formulate appropriate quality checking, data manipulation, presentation and summary methods for both qualitative and quantitative data.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compose and communicate research ideas effectively.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the value, nature, uses and limitations of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Evaluate the differences between various statistical techniques.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design an appropriate research question and project proposal.


• 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 of quantitative data • Types of data • Statistical concepts and techniques • Hypothesis testing • Sample size calculation • Qualitative research methodology • Sampling in qualitative research and sample size • Qualitative data collection (Interviews and focus groups) • Qualitative data analysis • Quality in qualitative research • Research integrity • Publishing your research (data repositories, pre-print servers, open access publishing)

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. All teaching will be online, with no face to face teaching. Sessions will include asynchronous webinars and synchronous tutorials

Independent Study144
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

Electronic Statistics Textbook.

Statistics e-learning.

UCLA Statistical Computing Resources.

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

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:

Flick, U.. Design Qualitative research. 

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

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

Pope, C. and Mays N. (2020). Qualitative Research in Health Care. 

How to read a paper.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods will be assessed formatively. Formative assessments are optional and intended to aid your learning. There will also be three summative components to the assessment data analysis for i) qualitative and ii) quantitative methods and iii) the development and written presentation of a guided research proposal. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%.


Assessment of Qualitative and Quantitative methods


MethodPercentage contribution
Data Analysis  () 30%
Data Analysis  () 30%
Project proposal  (2000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Data Analysis  () 30%
Data Analysis  () 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:


Webcams and microphones: It is advisable that students provide their own webcam and microphone (integrated or USB/standalone) to take full advantage of the online support offered during the module.

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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