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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

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.

Syllabus

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.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Action Learning Groups, practical workshops, presentations.

TypeHours
Independent Study342
Teaching33
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

Critical appraisal resources.

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

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

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

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

Critical appraisal resources.

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

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

Pallant J (2010). SPSS Survival Manual. 

Critical appraisal resources.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

Assessment

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.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Written paper 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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