Module title: Research Approaches in Health and Social Care

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

Module code: NMS11192
Module leader: Janette Pow
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Population and Public Health
Prerequisites

N/A

2018/9, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered using a fully online learning approach via Moodle. The use of Moodle gives greater flexibility so students can choose to learn at a time and pace that suits them. There is 1 introductory unit and 5 learning units that are aligned to the learning outcomes and delivered over a 10 weeks period. Students 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). Students are invited to participate in 2 online non-assessed peer discussions (LOs 1-5), in order to build theoretical, methodological and research skills. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to develop their scientific writing skills in preparation for the summative assessments (LOs 1-5).

Formative Assessment:
The formative component: students are asked to submit an informative scientific abstract (500 words maximum) to Turnitin to enable the abstract to receive tutor feedback using a structured feedback sheet (end of week 7). This formative component will feed-forward to help build and develop the final abstract and outline research proposal.
There are also end of unit progress tests for units 1-5 which are formative.


Summative Assessment:
The summative component: students will use feedback from tutors to develop their final abstract (500 words) and outline research protocol (3500 words maximum) suitable for submission to a funding body committee. The final assessment (4000 words) is to be submitted in week 14 (Summative Assessment, 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)
Online Centrally Time Tabled Examination 15
Online On-demand Webinar 12
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Online Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 1, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered using a fully online learning approach via Moodle. The use of Moodle gives greater flexibility so students can choose to learn at a time and pace that suits them. There is 1 introductory unit and 5 learning units that are aligned to the learning outcomes and delivered over a 10 weeks period. Students 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). Students are invited to participate in 2 online non-assessed peer discussions (LOs 1-5), in order to build theoretical, methodological and research skills. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to develop their scientific writing skills in preparation for the summative assessments (LOs 1-5).

Formative Assessment:
The formative component: students are asked to submit an informative scientific abstract (500 words maximum) to Turnitin to enable the abstract to receive tutor feedback using a structured feedback sheet (end of week 7). This formative component will feed-forward to help build and develop the final abstract and outline research proposal.
There are also end of unit progress tests for units 1-5 which are formative.


Summative Assessment:
The summative component: students will use feedback from tutors to develop their final abstract (500 words) and outline research protocol (3500 words maximum) suitable for submission to a funding body committee. The final assessment (4000 words) is to be submitted in week 14 (Summative Assessment, 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)
Online Centrally Time Tabled Examination 15
Online On-demand Webinar 12
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Online Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Online,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered using a fully online learning approach via Moodle. The use of Moodle gives greater flexibility so students can choose to learn at a time and pace that suits them. There is 1 introductory unit and 5 learning units that are aligned to the learning outcomes and delivered over a 10 weeks period. Students 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). Students are invited to participate in 2 online non-assessed peer discussions (LOs 1-5), in order to build theoretical, methodological and research skills. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to develop their scientific writing skills in preparation for the summative assessments (LOs 1-5).

Formative Assessment:
The formative component: students are asked to submit an informative scientific abstract (500 words maximum) to Turnitin to enable the abstract to receive tutor feedback using a structured feedback sheet (end of week 7). This formative component will feed-forward to help build and develop the final abstract and outline research proposal.
There are also end of unit progress tests for units 1-5 which are formative.


Summative Assessment:
The summative component: students will use feedback from tutors to develop their final abstract (500 words) and outline research protocol (3500 words maximum) suitable for submission to a funding body committee. The final assessment (4000 words) is to be submitted in week 14 (Summative Assessment, 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)
Online Centrally Time Tabled Examination 15
Online On-demand Webinar 12
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Online Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


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

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 develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, patients and families. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of clinical 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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
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.
L05: Evaluate the main theories and concepts that inform safe and ethical research practice in health and social care.

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