MRes Experimental Medicine (Respiratory) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Research Methods

Unit code MEDN69910
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Medical Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Research Methods Course is a 15 credit, interactive blended 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 and aims to augment in-person seminars with high quality online self-study materials. There will be online material opened on each topic at specific timetabled slots throughout the semester and face-to-face consolidation sessions.

Course attendee "Good introduction into the world of research. The lectures were delivered really well, gave good insight and were inspiring"


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.

 - 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

The unit will provide transferable skills and competencies necessary to complete and to improve your effectiveness in research; to expose you to ideas and practice outside your own field of research and to enhance your career opportunities. 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, you will have a clear understanding 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 course combines formative and summative assessment methods.  

Formative assessment takes the form of  online self-assessment multiple choice questions and self-reflections. Summative assessment includes written assessment and an online exam.

Written assessments are double marked and moderated by external examiners to maintain objectivity and uniformity in the assessment procedures.

Assessment methods

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

Statistical Assignment

Feedback methods

To students:

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


From Students:

An online blackboard survey will be used 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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