Core Module Information
Module title: Developing Real World Research Skills

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

Module code: HSC11154
Module leader: Lisa O'Leary
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

This module introduces you to the research journey from understanding a problem through to designing research studies that may offer a solution to implementing change. This module provides the foundation for subsequent modules on the MSc programme. You will be introduced to how research goes beyond quality improvement with reference to differences between these two approaches. The module will focus on encouraging you to critically reflect on the importance of co-designing research studies with stakeholder, so that they have a significant impact on health, social care or integrated settings (LO1).

You will be encouraged to critically reflect on skills and strategies for building collaborative relationships with stakeholders and users of research (L02). You will consider specific skills that you need to develop to be an effective collaborative researcher such as persuasive communication, resilience, and interdisciplinary skills.

The module will also focus on introducing the concept of co-production and co-design. You will be introduced to some exemplars of research studies and stakeholder engagement strategies within health and social care contexts that have embedded co-production in their research design. You will critically appraise these exemplars with a specific focus on examining whether and how co-production and co-design could influence effective and feasible solutions to problems in these specific studies (LO3).

You will also evaluate diverse approaches for engaging with stakeholders and for disseminating research to professional peers/expert and non-expert audiences (LO4). These approaches may include research papers, reports, blogs, newsletters, websites. You will be introduced to ethical considerations in the research process. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on the importance of ethical considerations and how they should be embedded in a proposal for a stakeholder strategy. You will also consider how research governance needs to be considered when planning to conduct a research study (L05). This stakeholder strategy and knowledge of ethics/research governance may be applied when developing your research proposal when you go on to do the dissertation module in the 2nd year.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Critically reflect on how research studies could be co-designed to co-produce solutions to problems within health and social care practice .
2. Critically reflect on skills and strategies for building collaborative relationships with stakeholders and users of research. .
3. Critically appraise the concepts of co-production and co-design and their value in ensuring that solutions to problems are likely to be both effective and feasible.
4. Evaluate diverse approaches to disseminating research to professional peers/expert and non-expert audiences.
5. Critically reflect on how ethical and research governance considerations should be embedded in a stakeholder strategy and research proposal.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lisa O'Leary
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will watch five pre-recorded lectures (screencasts) over the course of the module. Each online lecture (screencast) will be 1 hour in duration. Each lecture will cover a separate learning outcome and will correspond to an individual unit on Moodle. Each of the five module units will use a common structure and format to facilitate easy engagement and use of the virtual learning environment. After each online lecture, you will do some independent study. As part of your independent study, you will do some indicative and wider reading on core concepts covered in the module such as research impact, co-production, co-design, partnership working, ethics, governance, stakeholder engagement and dissemination. These will be accompanied by short guidance videos (this includes a video from the academic skills team) and recorded guest talks on the concepts that are covered in the module.

You will be encouraged to post your reflections about these on an online discussion board platform and to engage with reflective exercises/ self-assessment activities. After each period of independent study, you will take part in an online tutorial.

During your tutorials you will be facilitated to apply and critically discuss what you learned during your online self-directed activity. Tutorials are designed to let you learn as part of a community of learners where you can share your learning, learn from others, offer, and receive support and offer healthy challenge to the work of others. These tutorials will provide opportunities ranging from discussion of key learning points, through to practical group exercises.

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Formative Assessment:
You will start to develop a stakeholder engagement strategy to inform a specific proposal for a research project. You will submit part of this portfolio (500 words), to obtain support and feedback from your tutor on the development of this strategy.


Summative Assessment:
You will use the feedback for your formative assessment to inform the development of a 2000-word portfolio. In this portfolio, you will critically reflect on skills and strategies for building collaborative relationships with stakeholders and users of research (L02). You will also critically appraise the concepts of co-production and co-design, and critically reflect on these can be embedded in a stakeholder strategy, in order to plan for addressing solutions to issues within health and social care practice (LO1, L03). In formulating your proposed stakeholder strategy, you will also evaluate diverse approaches to disseminating research outputs (L04). You will also discuss and critically reflect on issues related to ethics and governance that would need to be addressed when developing a stakeholder strategy for a proposed research project (LO5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 175
Online Lecture 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 5
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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