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LP20624: Understanding research literature

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • report 1400 words (100%) (CW 100%)
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:
This unit aims to introduce students to the main types of research articles, including single studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Selected examples of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies will be examined to understand what kind of research question each can address.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Understand and evaluate designs, methods and findings in a range of research literature.
* Differentiate the philosophies and purposes of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research in the addictions.

Intellectual Skills
* Critical analysis of literature [T/A]
* Identify and summarise the main points in an argument [T/A]
Professional Skills
* Analysing and synthesising research, theories and ideas from multiple sources.[T/F]
* Examining issues from a range of professional and theoretical perspectives.[T/F]
Key Skills
* Using IT to find, communicate and manage information [T]
* Report writing [TA].

This unit concentrates on:
Evaluation of existing research with reference to:
* Use of qualitative quantitative and mixed methods;
* Types of knowledge generated by different research designs;
* The relationship of research to evidence based practice.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP20624 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)