Core Module Information
Module title: Research Methods in Health and Social Care

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11127
Module leader: Donnie MacDonald
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

On this module you will learn to critically explore research evidence and be able to synthesise, integrate and apply knowledge relating to the research process. It will be important to evaluate research methods that are relevant to health and social care practitioners and service users through the use of real-life examples from local, national and international researchers. This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, service users and families. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of health and social care practice.
The module will include the following content:
1. An overview of the research process.
2. Critical appraisal of the research evidence to assist in the development of research ideas relevant to practice.
3. Evaluation of research designs including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
4. Exploration in the importance of research governance and ethics.
5. Examination of dissemination strategies and the long-term impact of research findings.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse the elements of the research process and apply this to generate a research idea.
LO2: Critically reflect upon the purpose and function of a literature review.
LO3: Critically debate the strengths and limitations of different research approaches.
LO4: Critically assess the rigour of different research methodologies.
LO5: Evaluate the main theories and concepts that inform safe and ethical research practice in health and social care.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donnie MacDonald
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered using a blended learning approach via Moodle. The use of Moodle gives greater flexibility so you can choose to learn at a time and pace that suits you. There are 5 learning units that are aligned to the learning outcomes and delivered over a 10 week period.

You are encouraged to undertake online activities embedded within the learning units including: development of critical appraisal skills (LOs 1-2); ability to demonstrate critical understanding of a broad range of research methodologies (LOs 3-4); and the use of analytical reasoning to ensure rigorous, safe and ethical research (LOs 3-5).

You are invited to participate in five online non-assessed peer discussions (LOs 1-5), in order to build theoretical, methodological and research skills. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to develop your scientific writing skills in preparation for the summative assessments (LOs 1-5). Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to get together in small groups to enhance overall learning of the module materials.

Formative Assessment:
You are asked to submit an informative scientific abstract (500 words maximum) and a draft section of your literature review (500 words maximum).

The abstract will be submitted to a Moodle workshop to enable the abstract to receive self/peer/tutor feedback using a structured feedback sheet (week 40). This formative component will feed-forward to help build and develop the final abstract and outline research proposal. You will have an opportunity to update and publish their final abstract in the conference proceedings book in Moodle based on feedback in weeks 43-44. This process will enable you to interact with each other and will provide an overview of different research questions, approaches and fields of practice.

The draft section of your literature review (week 41) will be formatively assessed by an academic member of staff from, again providing feed-forward to help build and develop the final outline research proposal

Summative Assessment:
You will use feedback from tutors and peers to develop their final abstract (500 words) and outline research protocol (3500 words maximum) suitable for submission to a funding body committee. You will also be assessed on the feedback you give to peers in Moodle-workshop (3 hours allocated to peer review). The final assessment (4000 words) is to be submitted in week 45 (LOs 1-5). The total summative components are worth 100% of the overall mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 15
Online On-demand Webinar 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 45 HOURS= 3:00, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11127 Research Methods in Health and Social Care