20 credits at level HE5
This module is aimed at all professionals involved with the care of individuals in the fields of health and social care.
This module is designed to:
Enable the student to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of learning skills and key transferable skills.
Encourage the student to reflect on and appraise critically their learning journey and implications of learning for practice.
Develop studentsí knowledge of the key research principles applied in contemporary health and social care practice.
Evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in contemporary health and social care research.
Encourage students to selectively utilise research knowledge to inform and evaluate current and future practice.
Reflection and Critical appraisal
Professional development planning
The relationship between theory, method and research studies.
The research process.
Ethical and legal implications of conducting research.
Research design and the methodologies employed in qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.
Key concepts including sampling, operational definitions, validity, reliability etc.
Data collection and analysis.
Evaluating research methods.
The 200 hours notional time given to this module will be allocated as follows:
42 hours classroom work with formal lectures, discussion addressing course concepts; interactive learning and problem based learning.
38 hours consolidation of classroom work;
120 hours working on and preparing assessments.
The assessment will take the form of two essays:
Write an essay about yourself, in which you identify your professional role (present or recent past) and reflect on your strengths and limitations in relation to practice (SLOT analysis). (1500 words)
Critique TWO research articles related to your practice which use different methods of enquiry. Critically evaluate these methods of enquiry demonstrating how they link to your professional practice. (3500 words).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||1. Appraise your learning skills and personal and professional development.||Prepare a personal and professional development plan|
|2.||2. Outline the range of processes and techniques employed in research.||Discuss and evaluate effective research methodology as a process of enquiry|
|3.||3. Discuss a range of research literature and empirical studies employed by various traditions||Discuss and evaluate different research traditions using appropriate supportive literature.|
|4.||4. Investigate and discuss the development evidence based practice and benchmarking in your practice area.||Identify factors which inhibit/facilitate evidence based practice in your practice area|
|5.||5. Discuss ethical and legal implications of conducting research in practice.||Identify issues that require ethical and legal consideration within health and social care|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Write an essay about yourself, in which you identify your professional role (present or recent past) and reflect on your strengths and limitations in relation to practice (SLOT analysis). (1500 words)||Critique TWO research articles related to your practice which use different methods of enquiry. Critically evaluate these methods of enquiry demonstrating how they link to your professional practice. (3500 words).|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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