Module title: Introduction to Clinical Research Practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS09702
Module leader: Gordon Hill
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Centre for Health and Wellbeing

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

2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SINGAPORE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gordon Hill
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will utilise a blended approach including some face-to-face sessions in Singapore. These will be supplemented with online learning via Moodle and Elluminate Live tutorials. Collaborative learning will be promoted through the use of the classroom sessions and Elluminate Live sessions facilitated by a lecturer to assure the students the experience to meet learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Moodle units offered to support students will provide students with additional material to achieve the Learning Outcomes. Asynchronous discussions with peers and the lecturer will support and facilitate learning whilst the end of unit activities will promote active engagement in learning and will ensure that students continue to achieve LO 3 throughout the module. The use of Moodle gives greater flexibility so students can choose to learn at a time which suits their work pattern. Elluminate sessions offer the opportunity to communicate with fellow students in small groups to learn through interactive teaching sessions which aim to build on the content of Moodle. The content of Moodle, Elluminate tutorials and submission of a final assignment contribute towards meeting LOs 1-4.
Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
This module contributes to the student’s personal development plan by enhancing their knowledge and skills in the field of clinical research. This will be achieved by applying the evidence that underpins clinical research, and evaluating its appropriateness for implementation in practice. Completion of this module will enhance the student’s ability to undertake their role.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment:
3,000 word essay to demonstrate an understanding of the core components of clinical research practice (LOs 1-3). 1 hour online multiple choice questionnaire (digital exam) examining roles and responsibilities in clinical research (LO 4)
Learning is encouraged in a number of ways, including by the submission of formative work during the module, inlcuding online activities and draft assessments. This will help the students to develop their understanding of the topics explored and also provide assistance with the summative assessments.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 11
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Online Tutorial 17
Online Guided independent study 62
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 100
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 40 4 10 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Essay 60 1-3 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Overview of historical events important to development of clinical research; introduction to Good Clinical Practice; introduction to clinical research legislation and regulations; introduction to research ethics and ethical approval

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine the relationship between historical events and current clinical research practice
LO2: Evaluate the fundamental aspects of clinical research practice
LO3: Critically reflect on the impact of ethics on research practice
LO4: Demonstrate an understanding of roles and responsibilities in clinical

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