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PA500393: Research methods

[Page last updated: 05 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PA500396
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit participants will be able to:
1. Describe a range of research designs and methods which are suitable for use in conducting a small scale research project, service evaluation, audit or quality improvement initiative (knowledge, intellectual skills; taught and facilitated)
2. Formulate appropriate research questions suitable for conducting research in and on practice (intellectual skills, practical skills, key skills; taught, facilitated and assessed)
3. Select an appropriate research design and methods from a range of available approaches and critically discuss their use to conduct research in your area of practice or research interest (including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches (intellectual skills, practical skills, key skills; taught, facilitated and assessed)
4. Create and critically review a research protocol which describes a small-scale resarch project based in practice (intellectual skills, practical skills, key skills; taught, facilitated and assessed)
5. Develop and practice a range of skills to support conducting a research project, including ethical review of research; project planning techniques, presentation (oral and poster); networking for interdisciplinarity; etc. (intellectual skills, professional skills, practical skills, key skills; taught, facilitated and assessed).

Aims: To explore a range of key research designs and methods which can be used to collect data to inform and deliver enhanced practice in health.

Skills: See classification of learning outcomes above.

* The Nature of Research: audit, service evaluation, quality improvement, research
* Research Designs
* Research Methods
* Sampling, data collection, data analysis
* Quality and Credibility of Research
* Ethics in Research
* Key skills for researchers.

Programme availability:

PA500393 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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