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

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Louise Hayes
  • Lecturer: Mr David McGeeney, 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 commonly used for clinical research. In particular the module aims to: ensure students understand the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and which approach is best suited to addressing which types of questions; enable students to develop skills in different methods of data handling, interpretation and presentation; provide students with the opportunity to develop the ability to critically appraise published literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Quantitative Research
- Qualitative Research
- Observational Research
- Critical Appraisal of Research
- Data Collection, Management and Coding-
- Statistical Analysis of Descriptive Data using SPSS
- Systematic Review
- Interpretation and Presentation of Results

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 time21:002:00Webinar sessions
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion74:0028:00Discussion board activities
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
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Critical Appraisal: Critique of a Quantitative paper (750 words max).
Oral Examination2M30Analysis and presentation of a research paper via recorded submission - 10 slides with notes
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MSubmission of recorded presentation
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 and the MCQ examination 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.

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