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HL50105: Research design and methods

[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:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail data for this unit is currently being updated as a change has been approved. Updated assessment information will be published here shortly.
  • FH50105B - Research Design Protocol (CW 60% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • FH50105B - Peer Review Assignment (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • FH50105B - Reflective Commentary (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail data for this unit is currently being updated as a change has been approved. Updated assessment information will be published here shortly.
  • FH50105B - Peer Review Assignment (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • FH50105B - Reflective Commentary (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • FH50105B - Research Design Protocol (CW 60% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To provide an outline of the key approaches to designing qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research projects and give a comprehensive review and discussion of the key research methods used in practice based research in health.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
1. Describe and critically review the key issues in research project design (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skill)
2. Determine the appropriate research design to use in different contexts across the research continuum and critically discuss their use (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skill)
3. Describe, critically distinguish and review the key research methods used in health research (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skill)
4. Determine the appropriate sampling approach to use in different contexts and critically discuss their use (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill)
5. Determine the appropriate data collection technique to use in different contexts and designs, and critically discuss their use (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill)
6. Determine the appropriate data analysis technique to use in different contexts and designs, and critically discuss their use (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill)
7. Evaluate the different sorts of quality criteria applied to research in health (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skill)
8. Critically discuss ethical implications which arise in research project design (knowledge and understanding, intellectual skill)
9. Critically reflect on the use of different research methodologies in the conduct of different types of practice based research (professional practical skill, transferable skill).

Skills:
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.

Content:

* The research continuum
* Theoretical traditions underpinning research
* Approaches to research
-Historical approach
-Survey Approach
-Descriptive Studies
* Experimental designs
* Observational designs
* Sampling approaches
* Data collection techniques
-Observation
-Questioning
-Measurement
* Analysis and Interpretation
-complexity of analysing data
-Describe and discriminate between different approaches to data analysis and interpretation
-Descriptive statistics
-Discourse analysis, narrative analysis, ethnographic analysis, phenomenological approaches, interpretive approaches
-Mixed methods in health research (review)
-Triangulation
* Quality and credibility of research
-Reliability, validity, sensitivity, generalisability and objectivity
-Meta evaluation
* Ethical Issues.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL50105 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health

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