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PODY3013 Research Methods 2

Module Overview

This module will develop and build on the understanding gained in Research methods 1 and provide more detail on the research process, sufficient to allow students to undertake their project. Students will take the proposal they developed in level 5 and implement this practically. Students will be divided into small groups, depending on their chosen methodology and project idea and will be supervised by a member of staff who has an interest in the relevant projects. Students will collect data, analyse it and report it in the form of a paper.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are to give students first-hand experience of undertaking a small research project in order to gain knowledge of the research process and practical experience of running a project.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To undertake the collection of data that is clinically relevant to the module, using reliable and valid methods in relation to the research aim.
  • To demonstrate an ability to present, synthesise and interpret the analysis of collected data, explaining how it is clinically relevant, how it contributes to the available evidence base and the strengths and limitations of the work.
  • To critically and objectively evaluate the research process in relation to the rigour/trustworthiness of the data collection and analysis.
  • To demonstrate an ability to prioritise workload and set realistic time frames for undertaking a research project.
  • To demonstrate an ability to present and disseminate information in a succinct, informative and sufficiently detailed manner in the form of a paper.


This module will build on teaching from ‘Research Methods 1’; allowing students to apply the fundamental characteristics and concepts underpinning quantitative and qualitative research methods in order to complete their own project. The module focusses on providing support for students to consolidate the research knowledge/skills by undertaking an empirical research project.

Special Features

Each project will be supervised by a member of Faculty with appropriate expertise in the chosen methodology. Data collection will be scheduled and supervised and this will be followed by action learning sets where data analysis issues and presentation will be discussed.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Action Learning Groups, practical workshops, presentations.

Independent Study342
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Greenhalgh T (2014). How to Read a Paper. The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine.. 

Portney LG & Watkins MP (2009). Foundations of Clinical Research. Applications to Practice. 

Kaura A (2013). Evidence Based Medicine: Reading and Writing medical Papers. 

Van Manen, M (1990). Researching Lived Experience: Human Science for an action sensitive pedagogy. 

McDowell I & Newell C (1996). Measuring Health. A Guide to Rating Scales and Questionnaires. 

Green, J. and Thorogood, N. (2009). Qualitative methods for health research. 

Critical appraisal resources.

Aceyard H (2014). Doing a Literature review in Health and Social Care. A practical Guide. 

Finlay, L. and Gough, B (2003). Reflexivity: A practical guide for researchers in health and social sciences. 

O'Leary Z. (2009). The essential guide to doing your research project. 

Pallant J (2010). SPSS Survival Manual. 

Hicks CM (2009). Research Methods for Clinical Therapists. Applied Projects and Design Analysis. 

Ritchie J and Lewis J. Qualitative Research Practice. A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers. 

Fonagy, P. and Roth, A (2006). What Works for Whom?: A critical review of psychotherapy research. 

Polgar S and Thomas SA. Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences. 

Critical appraisal resources.

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

Field, A (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 

Bowling A (2014). Research Methods in Health. Investigating Health and Health Services. 

Critical appraisal resources.


Assessment Strategy

Each student will produce a paper related to their own project, written in the style of a journal of their choice and following the guidelines to authors of that journal. This will be marked and will provide 100% of the summative assessment.


MethodPercentage contribution
Written paper 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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