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HL60083: Research project preparation and planning

[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: Doctoral (FHEQ level 8)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: OR 20%, PF 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Presentation (OR 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Portfolio: Research protocol (PF 32% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Portfolio: Contents (PF 48%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:

* To develop a range of skills of a competent researcher;
* To identify a prospective research question for a research project;
* To identify and defend a potential research approach and methodology;
* To develop an outline protocol and project plan.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
1. Identify a research area
2. Understand the concept of a research question, can define one relevant to their research area and can describe the philosophy and methodology which underpins this question that is capable of enabling an individual and novel contribution to the body of knowledge in this area
3. Conducts a systematic review of the literature
4. Prepare a research protocol which describes the key milestones in the completion of a novel research project.
5. Consider ethical and governance issues in practice based research and prepare, peer review and defend documentation that describes any ethical considerations within their project plan.
6. Complete at least one cycle of a personal development plan and identify goals in research and continuing professional development
7. Reflect on own development as a researcher within the timeframe of the PDP cycle
8. Present developing research ideas to peers
These learning outcomes will be taught, facilitated and assessed.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Search and critically appraise literature in a systematic manner. Apply results of their enquiry to the development of a prospective research question (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and professional skill: facilitated and assessed).
2. Develop an outline proposal for a research topic suitable for eventual completion as their doctoral project (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and professional skill: taught and assessed).
3. Understand the ethical and governance considerations in a research project. (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and professional skill: facilitated and assessed).
4. Present developing research ideas (Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and professional skill: taught and assessed).

1. The content of this Unit will focus on any area of health or related research for which an adequate level of supervision can be offered.
2. Project design and management: learning skills to: review and critique literature, present these findings in a methodical manner, identify a prospective research question, design and defend an outline protocol, effectively time manage a research project, understand ethical and governance issues in relation to health practice research.
3. Presentation: oral presentation to peers on developing research ideas and as a portfolio including literature review, emerging research question, developing protocol, ethical considerations, reflective commentary, learning needs assessment and personal development plan.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL60083 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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