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HL50077: Research project design

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Focus research ideas into a feasible research question.
* Identify appropriate reading material, critically evaluate and review literature relevant to a research question.
* Critically discuss research methodologies and determine appropriate design for chosen research project.
* Critically discuss the issues associated with gaining ethical approval for a chosen research project.
* Prepare a research ethics proposal for submission to an appropriate body
* Recognise the necessary elements, and submit a research protocol.

Aims: The aim of this unit is to acquire the skills needed to plan an independent research project.

* Differentiating the value of information from different types of study designs and different sources
* Critically assessing research carried out by others, evaluating its usefulness for a project and using it as a starting point for research
* Evaluating a research topic and producing a sustainable research design, effective research proposal, and research plan
* Identifying the appropriate use of quantitative and qualitative methods
* Performing appropriate data presentation
* Identifying research opportunities and the potential problems in undertaking research in a particular area, or in using a particular method or approach.
* Writing a critical and evaluative review of the research literature on a particular topic.
* Organising activities to achieve a desired outcome within a limited amount of time
* Self-directed learning
* Communicating research ideas effectively in oral or written form
* Undertaking independent research

Content: The unit ensures that the student has the necessary tools and knowledge of their appropriate use to undertake a research project. This will include the following topics:
* Introduction to the research process
* Identifying a Topic and Defining Your Research Question
* Carrying Out a Literature Review
* Choosing The Methodology and Methods
* Getting Ethical Approval
Students will undertake an original piece of work which will comprise a proposal for a viable research project that has undergone ethical consideration and for which appropriate supervision has been found.

Programme availability:

HL50077 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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