15 credits at level HE4
The module is designed to support you in gaining study skills which will help you be successful in your foundation degree. You will also learn about research methods so you have a basis on which to build an inquiry-based approach to your work in complementary therapies. In addition, you will develop essential ICT skills which will give you a solid foundation for undertaking tasks that will be required of you in other modules on the programme. You will undertake an audit of your skills and begin your personal and professional development planning (PDP) which you will continue to develop as you progress through the programme.
• Academic and Study Skills: Structuring written work; writing in an academic style; grammar and punctuation; selecting, embedding and using quotations; Harvard referencing; plagiarism and how to avoid it; compiling a bibliography; academic report writing; essay writing; selecting, reading and understanding academic literature.
• Research: Qualitative and quantitative research; research methods; strengths and limitations of research methods commonly used in researching into complementary therapies; clarity of purpose and how the purpose is stated (e.g., research objectives/questions, hypotheses); validity and reliability in research; research ethics and codes of ethical practice when conducting research (e.g., from The University of Bolton, the Aromatherapy Council, General Council for Massage Therapy); conducting literature searches.
• Introductory underpinning philosophical principles: The status of claims and evidence; the notions of theory, proof, disproof and fair tests; scientific method; scientific and traditional explanations; clinical trials; randomised and double-blind trials; placebo effects; evaluating claims; holistic and reductionist paradigms; Eastern / western perspectives.
• Personal Development Planning: Auditing your skills and identifying your strengths and areas for further development; identifying your career goals and action planning.
• Use of ICT: Online literature searches; online discussion; using the VLE to access learning materials, electronic PDP portfolios, word processing.
• Transferable skills and reflective practice: Communication; planning; use of ICT (as listed above); self management; academic skills (as listed above); reflective practice and learning from experience.
A blended-learning approach will be used to deliver the module. You will attend lectures, tutorials and undertake class-based activities. You will also use online resources and participate in online discussions, debates and group activities. You will be assessed through two items of assessment. The first is an assignment which asks you to prepare a report and the second is an ICT evidence portfolio.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative research.||1.1 Explain differences between qualitative and quantitative research.|
|2.||Identify commonly used research methods, and describe the methods together with their strengths and limitations.||2.1 Describe three research methods commonly used in researching complementary therapies and explain their strengths and limitations.|
|3.||Understand features of good research.||
3.1 Explain the importance of having an ethical approach to research and the requirements of relevant codes of ethical practice (you should include those relating to research in complementary therapies as well as the University of Bolton’s ethical requirements).
3.2 Explain key features of research which is well-designed and implemented effectively.
|4.||Demonstrate effective ICT skills.||
4.1 Conduct an online literature search to obtain good quality academic literature.
4.2 Participate in an online discussion.
4.3 Use a VLE correctly to access learning materials.
4.4 Set up your electronic PDP portfolio successfully.
4.5 Demonstrate word processing skills required to produce an assignment that is appropriately presented.
|5.||Select and read academic literature showing understanding.||5.1 Select and discuss the contents of a piece of academic literature relevant to your Foundation Degree programme showing understanding of its contents.|
|6.||Demonstrate you can write an academic report.||6.1 Write an academic report with an appropriate structure, style, presentation, correct grammar and punctuation, with relevant quotations used appropriately, full Harvard referencing and a bibliography.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment report of 2,000 words||ICT evidence –portfolio|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Bell, J. (2007) Doing Your Research Project: A guide for first-time researchers in Education, Health and Social Science 4th Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Mylibrary. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=94698 [29 April 2009]
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Rudd, David (2007) Cite Me, I’m Yours - Harvard Version: References, Bibliographies, Notes, Quotations etc. Bolton: Learning Support and Development, University of Bolton http://www.lss.bolton.ac.uk/lss/pubs/csu/index.htm [3 May 2009]
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British Medical Association http://www.bma.org.uk/
Department of Health http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm
General Council for Massage Therapy http://www.gcmt.org.uk/
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence http://www.nice.org.uk/
Research Council for Complementary Medicine http://www.rccm.org.uk/
University of Bolton – Online Resources http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/ElectronicResources/Home.aspx
University of Bolton – Study skills booklets http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/Library/HelpGuides/StudySkills/Home.aspx
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