Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning)

  • Module Leader: Dr Jennifer Wilkinson
Module length: 12
Starts: September (Semester 1)
Credit value: 20
Study hours: 200


This module aims to familiarise you with the legal and ethical issues surrounding different forms of clinical research and with the principles of research governance. It's designed to prepare you to plan and conduct original clinical research by providing you with specific knowledge and enabling you to develop understanding of the subject as well as a portfolio of skills. The module concentrates on legislation and the necessary permissions required for clinical research.

Online Teaching

This module will be taught via e-learning as an alternative to the on-campus module. The curriculum will be delivered through Blackboard Virtual Learning Envionment and a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures or tutorials. You will practise critical appraisal, data interpretation and other scientific communication skills in online activities that will include:   

  • Guided independent study
  • Directed research and reading
  • Online lectures
  • Student-led group activity
  • Scheduled on-line contact time
  • Reflective learning activity
  • Discussion boards

Online Assessment

You will submit your work for assessment via Blackboard virtual learning environment and will receive feedback electronically.  There are two summative Assessments; (1) production of a completed Consent Form and Participant Information Sheet and, (2) completion of key questions from a NHS Research Ethics Committee application form.  Students will use a given protocol and guidance documentation from the Health Research Authority.     A participation mark is also awarded for contributions towards participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module (Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis).   

Reading Lists


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