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PA30231: Research methods in pharmacy practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, OT 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessed Coursework (CW 50%)
  • Research Protocol (OT 50%)
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 familiarise students with a range of research methods used in pharmacy practice research, and to develop the appropriate critical and communicative skills both to evaluate published research and prepare an original research protocol.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit, the student should be able to:
a) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning a range of common research methods,
b) justify the choice of appropriate research methodology, including ethical considerations, in a number of scenarios taken from pharmacy practice,
c) design and produce a research protocol.


* Study skills, problem solving, data handling (T/F)
* Oral and written communication (T/F/A)
* Information and communication technology skills (T/F)

Qualitative and quantitative research, the research process, critical evaluation of research literature, ethical considerations, questionnaire design and construction, research significance including appropriate statistics, the interview process, focus groups, the analysis of text-based qualitative data.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30231 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* 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.