Core Module Information
Module title: Physiotherapy Research Questions and Methodology

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

Module code: HSC11141
Module leader: Donnie MacDonald
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In the era of evidence-based health and social care it is vital to be able to evaluate the research evidence that underpins existing practice and the emerging information that shapes service change.

On this module, you will learn to critically explore research evidence in physiotherapy practice and to synthesise, integrate and apply knowledge of the research process to this. In this module, we will use real-life examples from local, national and international researchers to develop your knowledge and skills to be able to find and interpret gaps in the existing body of evidence and to ask appropriate and relevant research questions with an aim of filling these. The work done in this module will develop the subsequent dissertation that you undertake in year-2 of the course.

By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standards, 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 approaches.
4. Exploration in the importance of research governance and ethics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: Critically evaluate the evidence base relating to a topic that is relevant to physiotherapy.
LO2: Identify a knowledge gap related to a topic, which is relevant to physiotherapy.
LO3: Develop a research question linked to the identified gaps in the literature.
LO4: Critically discuss and justify the merits of different methodologies, methods and forms of analysis to establish a coherent study design that will answer the research question.
LO5: Critically assess ethical issues associated with answering a research question

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
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 delivered content alongside lectures and tutorials.

Online self-study will provide the theoretical background to the topics being covered, allowing for on-campus learning to focus on more interactive methods of learning (LO 1-5).

Tutorial sessions will focus on helping students to conceptualise theoretical perspectives and to apply concepts to their identified area of interest (LO 4-5).

Seminars will allow you to explore research through critical discussion, analysis and evaluation of theoretical information (LO 1-3). The seminars will also provide the opportunity for formative feedback to be obtained

Individual supervision will support you to identify and develop an appropriate area of research and refine your methodology (LO 1-5).

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will take the form of a short presentation outlining the research idea and the envisioned methodology to address the issue you have identified.

You will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback to and from your peers and also from members of the academic staff. This process will enable you to interact with each other and will provide an overview of different research questions, approaches and areas of practice.

Summative Assessment:
You are asked to submit a research protocol which details the methodological approach you will take for your subsequent dissertation (you will undertake in year-2 of your program).

This will take the form of a document of around 3000 words (plus appropriate appendices) encompassing an ethics submission for a project to collect primary data or a methodological protocol for a systematic literature search and synthesis (LOs 1-5). The assessment will be submitted in the end of module assessment week.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Seminar 10
Face To Face Project Supervision 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 180
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 ALL 46 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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