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HL40481: Research design and project preparation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Report (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Project Proposal (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Ethics Application (CW 0% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Presentation (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL20107
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To develop an advanced and comprehensive understanding of research methods, data analysis, and research ethical considerations
* To develop an individual original research project proposal including a thorough literature review, and prepare an application for ethics approval

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Understand advanced research methods including qualitative and quantitative data analysis procedures
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of the many factors influencing appropriate research design
* Identify the ethical issues and principles that have to be addressed when designing and undertaking a research project
* Understand the methods for collecting, synthesising, interpreting and presenting data
* Plan and produce an original research project proposal
* Perform a comprehensive literature review within a given area of study
* Prepare the documents required for an ethics application

Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Intellectual skills (facilitated and assessed)
Professional practical skills (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Written communication (facilitated and assessed)
Numeracy/statistical skills (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Data acquisition, handling, and analysis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Information technology (facilitated and assessed)
Problem solving (facilitated and assessed)
Working as part of a team (facilitated and assessed)
Working independently (facilitated and assessed)

Advanced research methods and statistics (in-depth analysis of research designs and their limitations; ethical issues and principles; advanced statistical analysis; advanced qualitative analysis; data presentation and interpretation; reviewing literature)
Analysis and interpretation of research outputs (students will perform a critical appraisal of an article from the literature as a result of group discussions, but individually produce a critical appraisal report)
Development of research ideas / writing research proposals (students will prepare a proposal for an individual original research project, which will require preparation of a study protocol paper and ethics application).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL40481 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 3)
  • UHHL-ACM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHHL-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UHHL-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.