Module Catalogue

MCR8010 : Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Louise Hayes
  • Lecturer: Mr Matt Linsley, Dr Lisa Robinson
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to familiarise students with study designs for clinical research. In particular the module aims to: familiarise students with the differences between qualitative and quantitative research; to develop skills in different methods of data handling, interpretation and presentation; to develop the ability to critically appraise published literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Quantitative Research
- Qualitative Research
- Data Coding and Cleaning
- Data Handling and Databases
- Statistical Analysis of Descriptive Data
- Interpretation of Results
- Interpretation of Evidence
- Presentation of Data and Evidence

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion415:0060:00Assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading105:0050:00Online content
Guided Independent StudySkills practice24:008:00Software
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity52:0010:00eJournal/Blog
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity43:0012:00Wiki
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study103:0030:00Supplemental reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Synchronous online webinar
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion74:0028:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered as e-learning via Blackboard VLE through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures or tutorials. The e-learning module is supplemented by interactive learning opportunities including wikis, discussion boards, a reflective journal & Adobe Connect sessions as well as some Recap/Panopto versions of the face to face learning experiences. Work will be submitted to Blackboard VLE for assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination152M6MCQ (maximum 10 questions)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Critical Appraisal: Critique of a Qualitative paper (1500 words max).
Written exercise2M24Statistics assignment: To include case study analysis (max 2) and a short (max 300 word) essay question
Portfolio2M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module (Discussion Board, Blog, Wiki).
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Critical Appraisal: Critique of a Quantitative paper (750 words max).
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Analysis and presentation of a research paper
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MSubmission of recorded presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment for this module involves a number of written and practical tasks. The critical appraisal assessments test understanding of different research methodologies and study designs and the components of a research project, as well as critical appraisal skills. The slides (10 with notes) prepared for the presentation allow students to demonstrate the ability to interpret research data and present it in an appropriate format. The statistics assignment tests students’ knowledge of statistical analysis methods and enables them to demonstrate practical skills in using statistical software to analyse data.

Online activities will be used to provide instructive formative assessments of study design and feedback for the summative elements of the module.

A participation grade is included to encourage and reward the student's engagement with the
collaborative activities.

Should a student fail the participation assessment and have to undertake a re-sit they will have to
complete a different form of assessment. The student will be asked to look at 2 participation
activities as identified by the module leader/team and submit a 500 word written summary (approx. 250 words per activity).

Reading Lists