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SPE8320 : Research Project Management

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Stringer
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop skills in research project management and planning and apply these to a project based on their clinical practice. This will include knowledge and understanding of research governance and ethics related to a health and social care context.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Project management methods
2.       Introduction to project management tools (e.g. Gantt charts)
3.       Developing key components of research projects
4.       Risk management
5.       Timescales for ethics and governance approvals and processes required
6.       Organisational drivers (e.g. NHS, University, approaches to partnership working)
7.       Monitoring and auditing research projects
8.       Funding research

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:3010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:306:00Introduction to different aspects of research project management
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity13:303:30Student led discussion
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:3060:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will apply project management methods to the research plan developed for the dissertation element of the MSc.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1001500 word project management plan (excluding appendices, which may comprise ethics and governance documents)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Using the research plan developed in SPE8306 Research methods in assessment and intervention, the student will develop a project plan with links to and including the ethical approval and research governance documents, with an analysis of potential barriers /challenges and options for success.

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