Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)

  • Module Leader: Dr Lisa Robinson
  • Lecturer:
Module length (weeks): 12
Start: September (Semester 1)
Credit value: 20
Study hours: 200


This compulsory diploma module/stand-alone CPD module supports you through the process of developing your own research proposal as well as preparing all of the approvals paperwork needed to carry out a research project in a clinical setting. The module is designed to provide you with first-hand experience of planning, designing and preparing a clinically-focused research project in a supportive peer-group environment. 

Online Teaching

Online teaching takes the form of structured weekly activities, which incrementally support you to identify a clinical problem in the workplace, develop a problem statement or research question and prepare a research proposal and approvals paperwork for a project of your own choosing. You will develop or consolidate a number of transferable research skills throughout this module, including the ability to disseminate your research ideas to a peer group audience. At the end of the module, you should be in a position to carry out your research project in a clinical setting with appropriate supervision.

Weekly activities take the form of: 

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

Online Assessment

You are required to submit written work for assessment via Blackboard virtual learning environment and will receive feedback electronically. You are also required to record an oral presentation of your research idea using personal capture software and answer questions from the Faculty team via a conference call.

Summative assessment takes the form of:

  • Research proposal (1500 words)
  • Approvals paperwork (IRAS form, Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form)
  • Recorded presentation (10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes questions)

Additionally, a 10% participation mark will be awarded based on contributions made to collaborative activities via interactive discussion boards throughout module. 

Reading List Website: rlo.ncl.ac.uk


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