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PSIO6035 Critical Inquiry - Research Phase

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of Critical Inquiry Module 2 (Research implementation) is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake independent research and to experience aspects of research dissemination i.e. manuscript preparation, academic conversations about their work and conference presentation. At the end of the module you are expected to 1) select a suitable target journal, which is relevant to your research and is peer reviewed, and 2) to prepare a manuscript based upon the data collected within the module, which adheres the Module Handbook and the target journal’s instructions to authors. This module will build on the research knowledge and skills you acquired from your previous programme of study and Critical Inquiry Module 1 (The Protocol).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Rationalise the selection of the specific problem or issue to be studied
  • Examine a research question/ aim and set of research objectives or hypothesis to be examined by a feasible and appropriate investigation
  • Critically access, appraise and systematically evaluate the literature pertinent to the research question
  • Conduct a research study that employs a research design, sampling/recruitment strategy and data collection approach/approaches, appropriate to the research aim/question
  • Exercise appropriate ethical awareness in the execution of the study and dissemination of the research findings
  • Synthesise and interpret data analysed critically and appropriately, to provide answers to the research question/aim and accounting for pertinent issues underlying the chosen topic/research approach
  • Justify the conclusions and recommendations for practice based on well-reasoned arguments
  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in the chosen field of study and the ability to analyse critically, make judgements and draw conclusions


This module is student led and centred around you implementing your own individual research project. As such, you will define the content studied.

Special Features

735 hours independent study (research and write up/dissemination) + 15 hours supervision. Additional reading material to be negotiated between you and your designated supervisors in accordance with your research area. The final course completion requirement is that you will present your research findings at a conference arranged by the students at the end of the programme. It is a course completion requirement that the presentation is in an acceptable format for a professional conference.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• You will undertake a piece of independent research; learning methods will vary between projects in relation to learning both methodological and subject specific knowledge and skills. You will have a designated supervisor(s). • The supervisor will be a member of the course team who is familiar with a broad area of study and has the appropriate academic and professional expertise

Independent Study735
Total study time750

Resources & Reading list 

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

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

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

Pallant J (2010). SPSS Survival Manual. 

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

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

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

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

Polgar S and Thomas SA (2008). Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences. 

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

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

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

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

Ritchie J and Lewis J (2013). Qualitative Research Practice. A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers. 

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

You will complete, with supervisory support, a significant piece of research, which makes a contribution to the knowledge in their professional subject area. This will be summatively assessed in two ways: 1) A research manuscript: written in line with the Module Handbook and to the requirements of a chosen refereed academic journal. Students will be expected to submit their target journal’s instructions to authors as part of their submission. 2) Viva Voce: The student will undertake a viva based on the research study. Evidence of the students work will be available to the examiners prior to the viva. In addition to the summative assessments, the following formative pieces or work are also required 1) Submission of supporting evidence (Project File and logbook) A project file and project book will be submitted as evidence of the research process. Project files should include: the extended literature review and all research paperwork including: peer review feedback, paperwork evidencing ethics committee and research governance approval, evidence of insurance, participant information sheets and consent forms etc. 2) Conference Style Presentation Students are expected to organise and host a conference at the end of Critical Inquiry Module 2 to showcase their work. All students must present their work at the conference.


Supporting portfolio


MethodPercentage contribution
Research paper 60%
Viva 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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