Module Catalogue

MSC8002 : Research Skills for Health Care Professionals (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Susan Lennie
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the student has the knowledge, skills and experience of the role of research, development and innovation in the NHS in improving patient care, including prevention, diagnostics, treatment and service delivery. On completion of this module and the research project, students should be able to generate ideas; assess, plan, conduct, evaluate, interpret and report research and innovation projects, which includes original research; and disseminate the findings and, where appropriate, the adoption of the findings. Students should also be able to use research to improve practice.

Depending on the level of interest, this module may be run on more than one occasion throughout the University year. The module will be available as a 'stand alone' CPD module for students wishing to obtain the skills necessary to participate in clinical research in the NHS, particularly National Health Service professionals in training.

Outline Of Syllabus

Research methods/approaches:
•       Differentiation between audit and research
•       Cohort studies
•       Qualitative
•       Quantitative
•       Systematic review
•       Meta-analysis
•       Sampling techniques
•       Clinical trials (pre-clinical to translational)
•       Epidemiological studies
•       Study design
•       Hypothesis generation and testing

Ethical and governance research frameworks:
•       Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
•       Human research
•       Animal research
•       Innovation
•       Audit

Research, audit and innovation process:
•       Literature searching and referencing
•       Innovation pathway (Invention, Evaluation, Adoption and Diffusion)
•       Idea generation
•       Patient/user involvement
•       Peer/expert review

Practical and financial criteria and constraints affecting research:
•       Dissemination/implementation
•       Intellectual property
•       Quality assurance
•       Monitoring and reporting
•       Archiving
•       Roles and responsibilities of the research/innovation team

Data analysis techniques:
•       Data validity, reliability and appropriateness
•       Application and interpretation of statistical techniques
•       Power calculations
•       Intention-to-treat analyses

Clinical guidelines:
•       Evidence-based practice
•       Statutory and advisory regulatory bodies

Research and innovation funding:
•       Sources of funding including research councils and charities
•       Grant applications

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered in an e-learning format allowing flexibility for students to direct their own pace and pattern of learning. The e-learning environment will facilitate one-to-one and group advice on review, critical appraisal and writing skills in the context of each student’s discipline. Students will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers through online activities including discussion boards and quizzes. Students will learn fundamental principles of research governance by participating in an accredited on-line GCP training package.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M90Production of a completed Consent Form and Participant Information Sheet (Standard Length Document).
Portfolio1M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module (Discussion Board, Blog, Wiki).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is delivered as e-learning. The curriculum is delivered via Blackboard VLE through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures or tutorials. Work will be submitted to Blackboard VLE for assessment. Students will be required to prepare and evaluate paperwork for real clinical research projects. They will produce relevant research documentation based on current ethical committee approval forms (Consent and PIS from).

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