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HL40481: Research design and project preparation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
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%)
  • Project proposal (CW 50%)
  • REACH
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
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

Skills:
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)

Content:
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-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHHL-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 4)

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