Core Module Information
Module title: Research Methods MPH Taught/Blended Programme

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

Module code: HSC11171
Module leader: Janette Pow
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

The module aims to enable you to critically appreciate the value of empirical literature, research design and data interpretation, relating to public health. The module will provide further knowledge on the critical appraisal of evidence from published literature, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, structured literature reviewing, ethics, data collection and analysis. The intention is for you to be able to discriminate between different research methodologies suitable to answer specific pertinent public health questions

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically analyse the elements of the research process and be able to apply this to generate a research idea (question)
LO2: Critically reflect upon the main differences between quantitative and qualitative approaches and methodologies and critically evaluate components that comprise each method
LO3: Critically reflect upon the purpose and function of a literature review and demonstrate an ability to effectively utilise information retrieval skills and plan a review of the literature
LO4: Critically analyse and evaluate published research that relates to relevant subject areas and reflect the main theories and concepts that inform safe and ethical research practice

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered both face to face and supported online via Moodle.
The flipped classroom approach will be adopted which will enable you to engage with concepts informed by evidence prior to tutorials. During tutorials/seminars you will be facilitated to apply and critically discuss what you have learned during the online self-directed activities. Tutorials/seminars are designed to allow you to learn as part of a community of learners where you can share their learning, learn from others, offer and receive support and offer healthy challenge/debate to the work of others. The module will be presented as follows:
A core VLE page that includes:
• An introductory/overview video that explains the aims and structure of the module.
• Links to four units with resources that cover all learning outcomes
• Each Unit will cover a different learning outcome,
• Link to formative and final summative assessment.
Learning Activities will include
• Workbooks
• Viewing materials
• Directed reading and appraising of literature
• Face to face tutorials/seminars will include peer learning through discussion and groupwork activities
This module will engage you in a range of learning and teaching activities. Tutorials/Seminars will be student led in the form of enquiry-based learning, to enable individuals to contextualise their learning in a specific context of interest and relevant to their developing public health practice. This will be linked to the summative assessment. Directed learning activities will be used to contribute to the students’ developing MPH portfolio. Tutorials/seminars will enable you to critically reflect on your learning and debate areas of the research process in a supportive peer group learning situation. The learning and teaching will be built on the principles of Assessment for Learning throughout, incrementally supporting you toward your summative assessment.

Formative Assessment:
The formative component: you are asked to submit an informative scientific review abstract (500 words maximum) to Moodle workshop to enable the review abstract to receive peer/tutor feedback using a structured feedback sheet (weeks 7-9). This formative component will feed-forward to help build and develop the final review abstract and literature review protocol. You will have an opportunity to update and publish your final abstract in a conference proceedings book in Moodle based on feedback in weeks 10-11. This process will enable you to interact with each other and will provide an overview of different research questions, approaches for public health practice

Summative Assessment:
The summative component: you will use feedback from tutors and peers to develop your final abstract (500 words) and literature review protocol (3500 words maximum) using a systematic approach. You will also be assessed on the feedback you gave to peers in Moodle-workshop (3 hours allocated to peer review). The final assessment (4000 words) is to be submitted in week 14 (Summative Assessment, LOs 1-4). The total summative components are worth 100% of the overall mark. Submitted online via Turnitin week 14

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Online Practical classes and workshops 10
Online Guided independent study 170
Face To Face Seminar 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 16.00, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC 11171 Research Methods