MClin Res Clinical Research
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Variable teaching patterns|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit introduces students to the principles that guide identification of researchable questions, formulation of appropriate research designs and methods. The course unit will emphasise the potential for qualitative and quantitative approaches to be complementary as well as exploring their distinctive features.
- Equip students with an in-depth understanding of research design principles and the methods used in a range of study designs.
- Enable students to formulate timely and coherent research questions/hypotheses which are relevant to health and social care practice.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
- Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research designs (including those used in the development and evaluation of complex interventions)
- Critically examine methods of sampling, data collection, including issues of reliability and validity, in qualitative and quantitative research
- Critically explore a range of analytic strategies used to handle, interpret and present qualitative and quantitative data
- Formulate appropriate research questions, objectives and hypotheses relevant to health and social care practice
- Select with rationale, appropriate designs and methods to answer research questions
- Critically consider how methodological principles should be operationalised in a proposed research study
- Develop skills in writing and formulating clear and relevant research questions/hypotheses
- Write coherent and well-justified research proposals which address problems/issues relevant to health and social care research
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Critically reflect on their own academic performance and utilise a range of strategies to improve these and overcome any particular difficulties.
- Further develop and enhance skills in effective communication to a range of audiences in a variety of settings.
- Demonstrate skills in working collegiately and effectively with others as a member of a team.
- Effectively utilise information technology and health informatics.
- Utilise skills in systematic and creative approaches to problem-solving and decision-making to complex issues.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.
Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit.
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|Helen Brooks||Unit coordinator|
|Janice Christie||Unit coordinator|