Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Independent Research

Module titleIndependent Research
Module codeHPDM107
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Dr Rebecca Abbott (Convenor)

Professor Vicki Goodwin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module is the piece of independent research associated with the Masters programme and is designed to enable students to produce a project report under supervision, and to demonstrate project design, development, evaluation, synthesis and dissemination skills.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the independent research module is to enable you to demonstrate your ability to design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on a topic that is of relevance to the title and aim of their award and in doing so, to demonstrate self-direction, originality and an ability to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Systematically and critically review relevant theory and methodology in the design and development of an independent project
  • 2. Systematically and critically review relevant theory and methodology in the design and development of an independent project

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise a project’s findings and interpret their relevance within the context of established or emerging theories, policies and/or professional practice
  • 4. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems in the conduct of a project that is methodologically and ethically sound

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 5. Present a logically argued and clearly written project report that will aim to enhance knowledge and understanding of an area of practice at an advanced level
  • 6. Critically evaluate and reflect upon their own strengths, limitations and performance with reference to the design, development, organisation and write up of the project

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Students will work under the supervision of a member of staff who is able to guide the student through the independent research process. The written report will be in the form of a journal article, using the style of a particular journal that has been agreed with the supervisor. An oral presentation will also form part of the assessment of this module.

Learning and teaching

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 40Supervision meetings (scheduled by arrangement between individual students and supervisors).
Guided independent study 100Resource gathering and in-depth reading
Guided independent study 260Project design and delivery
Guided independent study 200Preparation and writing of written report and presentation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Feedback and discussion with supervisor 40 hours 2-4, 6Verbal and online

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
pProject report following journal guidelines80Maximum 5,000 words (dependent on target journal guidance)1-5Written
Oral presentation2010 minutes + 5 minutes questions1-5Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Project report (80%)Project report up to 5000 words1-5Typically within 12 weeks of the result
Oral presentation (20%)Oral presentation (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)1-5Typically within 12 weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

If it is impractical for the reassessed presentation to be given in person then a video-conferenced/Skype presentation or a video submission may be accepted at the assessor’s discretion.



Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Dixon N (2001) Writing for publication a guide for new authors. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare. 13;5:417-21


Day RA and Gastel B (2006) How to write and publish a scientific paper. Cambridge University Press


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


Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (2007). Surviving your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process (3rd edition). London, Sage Publications.


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



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Research project, dissertation

Credit value60
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