Professional Enquiry Proposal

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Friday 20 September 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B93048 Occupational Therapy,
BSC B939 Occupational Therapy,
BSC B630 Speech and Language Therapy,
BSC B631 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B632 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module is designed to extend students' learning in relation to evidence-based practice and research, and culminates in the individual preparation and submission of an in-depth literature review and research proposal or service improvement project proposal. Students are expected to undertake the work associated with this module in an autonomous fashion, under the supervision of allocated supervisor. Students are required to initiate contact with their allocated tutor in order to facilitate this supervision process.

Module aims

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Module learning outcomes

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Module information

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Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods employed for this module can be divided into three: 1. Independent self-directed study (283 hours) 2. Tutorial sessions with allocated supervisor (6 hours) 3. Module launch and workshops (11 hours) The only conventional 'taught' group session within this module will be the module launch. Workshops will be provided to support students to further understand the process of research and service improvement. The vast majority of the learning for this module will be independent and self-directed, in order to develop students to work as autonomous and pro-active professionals once qualified. A comprehensive Moodle page with numerous resources will be provided. Whilst this module does not include placement learning it is hoped that issues and questions that students have encountered in practice can be utilised within this module, in order to construct potential research topics and questions. For the completion of this module you will be allocated a supervisor, whose role is to guide you through the process of completing your literature review and constructing a research or service improvement proposal. Where possible, your tutor will have a particular interest and/or clinical expertise relevant to your chosen topic. It is your responsibility to make regular appointments with your allocated supervisor to discuss progress and plan your work. You are entitled to up to six hours of supervision support, which is inclusive of face-to-face support, telephone discussion and email correspondence. You are responsible for recording such supervision contact on the record sheet on the module Moodle page, which you and your supervisor then both sign as an agreed record. Students will be expected to present the envisaged implications for practice of their proposals at an Inter-professional Conference in June.


  • Hicks, Carolyn. (2009) Research methods for clinical therapists: applied project design and analysis, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
  • Polgar, Stephen; Thomas, Shane A. (2013) Introduction to research in the health sciences, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
  • Denscombe, Martyn. (©2017) The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects, London: Open University Press.
  • (2019) Researching health: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Moule, Pam. (2018) Making sense of research in nursing, health and social care, London: SAGE.
  • Greenhalgh, Trisha. (©2019) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   HS340 BSc 2016 PT Research Proposal and Literature Review Summative  18/05/2020   
Coursework   HS340 BSc 2017 FT Research Proposal and Literature Review Summative  26/05/2020  70% 
Coursework   HS340 BSc 2017 FT Abstract, Presentation and References Summative  29/05/2020  0% 
Coursework   HS340 BSc 2016 PT Abstract, Presentation and References Summative  23/06/2020  0% 
Practical   HS340 Interprofessional Student Conference Presentation (2017 Cohort)    30% 
Practical   HS340 Interprofessional Student Conference Presentation (2016 cohort)     

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Tutors from both the OT and PT teaching teams will perform a supervisory role to an allocated number of students.
Administrators: (Ian Mounteney: imount@essex.ac.uk) 01206 874496 (Una Speed: uspeed@essex.ac.uk) 01206 874496



External examiner

Ms Jeannette Carol Head
Canterbury Christ Church University
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer MSc Health and Wellbeing Programme Director
Ms Helen Cameron
University of Sheffield
University Teacher
Available via Moodle
Of 81 hours, 15 (18.5%) hours available to students:
66 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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