MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Research Methods (Non-Credit)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MEDN69920
Credit rating 0
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Research Methods Course is an interactive online learning course which provides students with an introduction to key material required for the design, execution and interpretation of medical, scientific and clinically-related research and the production of a high quality dissertation.

The unit will run online over one semester. High-quality online self-study materials include recorded video content and other materials, which will be available to students throughout the academic year. 

Course attendee "Good introduction into the world of research. All the online modules were well designed and informative, giving good insight. Online learning offers convenience and flexibility of time to study course."


The unit aims to introduce students to the skills and knowledge to critically design, effectively implement, ethically conduct and knowledgeably interpret research in Biomedical and Human Sciences; and provide students with life-long critical appraisal skills that they will be able to apply to any research evidence that comes before them.

Learning outcomes

Learning objectives are to develop the skills and knowledge to enable students to critically design, effectively implement, ethically conduct and clearly communicate research in a clinical/medical setting.  Furthermore, at the end of the unit, students will have a clear undertanding of the key components of academic writing, be able to critically appraise literature to a high standard and develop a basic working knowledge of handling data.

Teaching and learning methods

The unit involves guided independent study making use of online materials.

Learning is reinforced by formative assessment, e.g. interacgive quizzes, self-assessment multiple choice questions in the course, and links to further reading.

Students take the unit formatively on a 0-credit basis, thus summative assessment is optional and includes written assesments and an online exam.  Written summative assessments will be moderated to maintain objectivity and uniformity in the assessment proceudres.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 34%
Written assignment (inc essay) 33%
Report 33%

Statistical Assignment

Feedback methods

Student feedback will be delivered online using Blackboard.  Students can pose questions using the Blackboard discussion board to aid their understanding of the course content and assessment methods.  All students ar encouraged to post any questions or comments arising from the unit material and reply to each other's queries.

Comprehensive feedback will be given on all written assessments fully justifying marks with written comments.

Students will have the opportunity to complete an online Blackboard survey to gather student feedback on the unit

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Vitalia Kinakh Unit coordinator

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