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HL50079: Introduction to practice-based research

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: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • FH50079B - Assignment (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide a broad introduction to philosophy, history and key processes of research.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
1. Describe the historical and philosophical approaches to research generally and research in practice in particular (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills)
2. Distinguish the different research approaches and/or paradigms available for researchers to use (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills)
3. Analyse and critically evaluate the different stages of the research process (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills)
4. Critically evaluate the role of ethics and ethical approval in the research process and identify how this relates to own professional group or practice area (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill)
5. Reflect on the process of research in own practice context (professional practical skill, transferable skill)

See above and transferable skills:
* participate in online discussion and peer review, making appropriate use of the active learning approach and virtual learning environment
* undertake continuous review of personal development and learning needs whilst working on this unit and the programme.


* Development of contemporary research thinking
* Research Paradigms
* Key elements of practice based research
* Ethical issues
- Explaining purpose and value of work
- Risk assessment (interviewer and interviewee)
- Confidentiality
- Informed consent
- Data access and ownership
- Ethical versus legal.
* The role of regulation in practice based research
* The process of research: developing research questions, writing a protocol, project management.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL50079 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health

HL50079 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADT16 : Modular Programme in Advanced and Specialist Practice
  • TSPA-ADM16 : MSc Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice
  • TSPA-ADC16 : PG Cert Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice
  • TSPA-ADL16 : PG Dip Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

* 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.