COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Module

Research Methods for Practice

Module titleResearch Methods for Practice
Module codeHPDM034
Academic year2021/2
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Karyn Morrissey (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

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9

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Number students taking module (anticipated)

20

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides detailed training in a range of qualitative and quantitative translational methodologies, which are commonly applied within the field of environment and human health. This includes Stata statistical analysis, geographic information system (GIS) mapping, the formal systematic review process as well as a range of qualitative data collection methods.

No pre-requisites or specialist knowledge are required to undertake this module, which is well suited to interdisciplinary learning. Delivery is via four focused days of expert-led small group learning, interspersed by personal study undertaken at your own pace and supported by our internet resources.

Module aims - intentions of the module

You will develop advanced practical skills of a range of frequently utilised qualitative and quantitative research methodologies ready to apply to your personal Masters Dissertation projects as well as their own future professional practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a practical ability to evaluate and analyse research findings generated from a range of qualitative or quantitative research methodologies
  • 2. Evidence an applied ability to systematically and critically interpret research findings generated from a range of qualitative or quantitative research methodologies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Critically evaluate, select and justify appropriate research methodologies

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate a professional ability to peer review the concepts, research methods, findings and interpretation of other researchers

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

  • Explore the application of a range of common qualitative methodologies e.g. semi-structured interviews, focus groups etc.
  • Analyse a quantitative data set employing common statistical tests
  • Utilise geographic information system (GIS) mapping as a key method and tool to investigate the geographies of environment and health
  • Critically appraise, evaluate and synthesise a contemporary evidence base

 

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
201300

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning & teaching activities20All student taught sessions. Face-to-face scheduled lectures may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos for each topic (15-20 minutes) and/or brief overview lectures delivered via MS Teams/Zoom, with learning consolidated by self-directed learning resources and ELE activities. - Small-group discussion in tutorials and seminars may be replaced by synchronous group discussion on Teams/ Zoom; or asynchronous online discussion, for example via Yammer or ELE Discussion board - Workshops involving face-to-face classroom teaching may be replaced by synchronous sessions on Teams/Zoom; or Asynchronous workshop activities supported with discussion forum - Skills workshops involving practical skills acquisition demonstrations may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos as pre-learning; or workshop via Teams/Zoom.
Guided independent study30Session preparation and follow up work utilising resources provided on ELE
Guided independent study100Reading and assignment preparation

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Class discussions and small group work activitiesEach taught session1-4Facilitator and peer feedback in class. Feedback may be provided via synchronous or asynchronous online discussion.
Interactive quiz1.25 hours1-4Feedback in class. Feedback may be provided via synchronous or asynchronous online discussion.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Data analyses, interpretation and peer review1002000 Words1-4Written
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Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Data analyses, interpretation and peer review (100%)Data analyses, interpretation and peer review (2000 words)1-4Typically within six weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

Please refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/aph/consequenceoffailure/

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Cronin P, Ryan F and Coughlan M. (2008). Undertaking a literature review a step-by-step approach. British Journal of Nursing. 17(1); 38-43.

Bryman A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE: HPDM034 2020/21 Module Pages

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

An up to date reading list of journal articles will be provided on ELE.

Key words search

Human health, environment, health, social, biomedical, research, project, method, study design, research question, dissertation, statistics, Stata, GIS, mapping, systematic review, review, evidence, synthesis, evidence-base, peer review, quantitative, qualitative,  focus group, interview, transcription.

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

15/12/2015

Last revision date

13/05/2020