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

Module

Project Design

Module titleProject Design
Module codeHPDM083P
Academic year2021/2
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Karyn Morrissey (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

9

Number students taking module (anticipated)

20

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides you with the knowledge and practical skills required for independent project design and development with a particular focus on your personal Masters Dissertation.  Individual problem identification and innovative solution generation is encouraged, whilst identifying key stakeholders in the knowledge exchange process and developing the persuasive skill set of professional grant writing.

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

By undertaking this module you will develop the knowledge and skills required to design and develop an independent research project.  This will include pertinent elements of project design methodology and project management as well as the iterative knowledge exchange process.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Demonstrate the professional ability to derive a robust, meaningful and focused research question, of relevance to your own discipline/practice
  • 2. Demonstrate a practical and applied understanding of the design, methodology and project management appropriate to the proposed project and justify chosen approach

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Develop a coherent persuasion and business case for a project proposal through the systematic, critical evaluation and synthesis of relevant evidence from a range of sources

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the process of knowledge exchange within your own discipline/practice and identify the potential value of the project to end users

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:

 

Question generation and problem identification

Systematic evaluation and needs assessment

Investigative methodologies

Project and resource management

Knowledge exchange

How to write a business plan/project proposal/grant application

Presentation skills

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 small group lecture/seminar/ workshop sessions. PE: - 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
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 activities. PE: - Small-group discussion may be replaced by synchronous group discussion on Teams/ Zoom; or asynchronous online discussion, for example via Yammer or ELE Discussion board.Each small group lecture/seminar/ workshop session1-4Facilitator and peer feedback in class. PE: Feedback may be provided via synchronous or asynchronous online discussion.
Two-page written project outlineTwo pages using structured template1-4Written via email
Project outline oral presentation PE: - Presentations (e.g. PowerPoint-based presentation to group in face-to-face setting) may be replaced by PowerPoint-based presentation to the group using Teams/Zoom; or submission of a narrated PowerPoint.5-6 minute presentation + Q&A1-4Module lead and peer feedback in class PE: 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
Written assignment – project proposal100Eight pages using structured template1-4Written
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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
Written assignment – project proposal (100%)Written assignment – project proposal (eight pages using structured template)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

Basic reading: 

Usherwood. (1996). Introduction to Project Management in Health Research: A Guide for New Researcher. Buckingham, Open University Press. 

Sharp JA, Peters J and Howard K. (2002). The management of a student research project. Aldershot, Gower Publishing Company. 

Reardon R, Lavis J and Gibson J. (2006).  From Research to Practice: A Knowledge Transfer Planning Guide.  Institute for Work & Health (www.iwh.on.ca). 

Lock D. (2007). The Essentials of Project Management (3rd edition). Aldershot, Gower Publishing. 

Swetnam D. (2005).  How to Plan, Prepare and Present Successful Work (3rd edition). Trowbridge, Cromwell Press Ltd. 

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.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Please see ELE above for up to date electronic resources.

ELE – PE: HPDM083P 2020/21 Module Pages

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Human health, environment, research, project, method, knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, stakeholder, grant, proposal, dissertation, project management, study design, research question, business case.

 
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

15/12/15

Last revision date

30/07/2020