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PA500396: Research methods training & MSc dissertation

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 60 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 600
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: Before taking this module you must take PA500393
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit the student will be able to:
1. Design a piece of independent research (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill)
2. Follow the process for obtaining ethical approval for research work (professional practical skill)
3. Critically evaluate the literature associated with a given research topic (intellectual skill)
4. Collect data using appropriate tools and methodologies (knowledge and understanding)
5. Critically analyse data and draw appropriate conclusions / recommendations from these data (intellectual skill)
6. Present information in an appropriate format (personal transferable skill)
7. Develop and practice the skills needed to conduct an independent research project (personal transferable skill; professional practical skill).

Aims: To explore a range of key research designs and methods and use these to design and conduct a short research project in practice.

* Planning & organisation (Taught / Facilitated)
* Handling information (Taught / Facilit ated /Assessed)
* Written and verbal communication (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed
* Working with others (Taught / Facilitated)
* Scientific & practical skills (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Problem solving (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed).

* Designing a cogent, small-scale research project
* Research Designs and Methods
* Skills for researchers
* Ethical issues in research including ethical approval, governance and sponsorship requirements
* Data Collection and Analysis
* Writing up your research.

Programme availability:

PA500396 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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