Module Catalogue

MCR8013 : Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jennifer Wilkinson
  • Lecturer: Dr Peter Middleton
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module, 'Designing a Research Proposal - E-Learning' (MCR8013), is part of the Clinical Research Programme and it is designed to allow students to put into practice the information that they have acquired. Students will be required to design and establish approval for their own research project in collaboration with their supervisory team (comprising their workplace mentor, project supervisor and others from the programme team as appropriate). The module is designed to provide first hand experience of planning, designing and preparing research by allowing students to put into practice specific knowledge gained in the programme to-date helping them to develop a better understanding of clinical research and allowing them to utilise the portfolio of skills accrued so far.

Outline Of Syllabus

i. Developing a research idea;
ii. Preparing a research protocol;
iii. Understanding the approvals necessary to carry out your research idea;
iv. Disseminating your idea to colleagues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion420:0080:00Assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:0010:00Online content
Guided Independent StudySkills practice24:008:00Software
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity84:0032:00eJournal/Blog
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study105:0050:00Forming research proposal
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion102:0020:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will learn fundamental principles of research governance and good clinical practice as they apply to current clinical research. This module will be delivered by e-learning using Blackboard VLE through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures or tutorials. Teaching will be supplemented by scheduled on-line discussion and reflective learning activities such as discussion boards, wiki's, reflective journals and Adobe Connect. Work will be submitted via Blackboard VLE for assessment and feedback given electronically.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151M15Submission of recorded presentation with follow-up Q&A's
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Written research proposal 1500 words. (proposal marked out of 100, 10 marks available for participation mark in peer review.)
Written exercise1M25IRAS Form (standard length form).
Written exercise1M20Patient Information Sheet and Consent Form (standard length documents).
Portfolio1M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module (Discussion Board, Blog, Wiki).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MSubmission of recorded presentation and peer review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The purpose of this module is that students will develop their own research proposal. They will therefore be assessed on an individual student by student basis according to the nature of their project and the specific approvals necessary for its execution. At the end of the module students should be in a position to perform the research proposal i.e. all appropriate paperwork for approvals will be in place.

Students will write a number of applications for approval of their own research proposal based on current ethical committee approval. These will be assessed and feedback will be given electronically. The ability to correctly identify the prerequisites within the current forms will indicate a student's knowledge and understanding of the module as taught.

Written communication, planning and organisation and information literacy are all practised and assessed in the written research proposal, IRAS form, patient information sheet and consent form as well as the oral presentation and defence of the research proposal to a local audience. The research proposal will include a peer review element; this will promote student participation as a student's participation in the peer review exercise will count towards 10% of their final mark for the assessment. The oral presentation and defence of the research proposal using PCap (personal capture software) allows the practice and assessment of interpersonal communication in both a verbal and computer based (power point) format in addition to the skills above. Students practise computer skills, adaptability and initiative throughout the module and in preparation for the assessments. The curriculum is delivered via Blackboard VLE. Work will be submitted to Blackboard VLE for assessment. They will produce relevant research documentation based on current legislation.

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).

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