20 credits at level HE6
This module aims to develop an understanding of the ideas, assumptions and evidence behind the theories and knowledge that underpin your practice. Students will develop a critical, constructive and questioning attitude to the evidence and information that underpins
• Service organisation and decision-making
• Your professional literature
• Your personal decision-making and practice
and develop skills in disseminating knowledge and presenting persuasively
The nature of theories, models, research paradigms. Hypotheses, inductive and deductive reasoning. Review of the major ontologies associated with the evidence used in your context eg positivism, natural science, social construction, post-modernism, critical theory.
Major research approaches eg scientific method, hierarchies of evidence, case studies, ethnography, biography, and methods eg sampling, data capture and analysis, IMRaD. Ethics. Basic statistical analysis.
Sources of evidence: including publications, journals, databases and policy
Critiquing arguments and methods, systematic review.
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, guided reading and workshop based activity.
The module is inter-disciplinary and so provision will be made for students to understand research from within and across professional groups. This will include group work whereby students will be expected to discuss and critique different forms of literature, share knowledge and professional/practice experience
Students will be summatively assessed through 2 written pieces of work:
1. A robust search strategy and critical summary of the literature in a chosen, agreed, topic area that equates to 60% of the overall mark
2.. A critique of 1 research paper identified in assessment 1 that equates to 40% of the overall mark.
In addition formative assessments will take place at key junctures in the module that relate to the summative assessments in order to assist students to achieve in this module.
Contact time will be approximately 50 hours, including lectures, workshops, tutorials and timetabled formative presentations. There will be approximately 100 hours independent learning, and 50 hours assessment.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
Be able to develop a research question
Identify a problem and its significance to your professional practice
Critically analyse the process of formulating a research question
|2.||Demonstrate appropriate techniques to undertake literature searches||
Use library, IT and IMT skills to locate, scan, select, collate, and present information
Justify the search trail and refinement processes involved
|3.||Be able to précis complex texts
Extract and articulate key points from a variety of sources; taking into account the ethical considerations.
Critically summarise the quality of pieces of work in relation to practice
|4.||Critically analyse the main approaches in research methods, both quantitative and qualitative||
Be able to identify what methods have been used in pieces of research, and comment critically upon the adequacy of their use
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A robust search strategy and critical summary of the literature in a chosen, agreed, topic area (2000 words)||A critique of 1 research paper identified in course work 1 (1500 words)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Bowling, A. (2009) Research Methods in Health (3rd Ed.) Open University Press, Buckingham
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Parahoo, K. (2006) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues (2nd Ed.) Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke
White, S., Stancombe, J. (2003) Clinical judgement in the health and welfare professions: extending the evidence base. Open University Press, Maidenhead
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