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HL40481: Research design and project preparation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
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:
  • Critical appraisal report (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • In-class proposal presentation (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Project proposal (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • 1000 word assignment
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-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 3)
  • 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)