HS900-7-SP-CO:
Research Design and Critical Appraisal

The details
2022/23
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Tuesday 17 January 2023
Wednesday 31 May 2023
15
01 December 2022

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

HS982

Key module for

DIP B906MO Health Care Practice,
MSC B906MO Advanced Clinical Practice,
MSC B90536 Professional Practice (Health Care),
MSC B9B7MO Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship,
MSC L43912 Global Public Health,
DOCTB90460 Health Care Education,
DOCTB90060 Health Service Management,
DOCTB74060 Nursing,
DOCTB93060 Occupational Therapy,
DOCTB71260 Public Health (Health Visiting),
DOCTL59260 Social Care Education,
DOCTL59060 Social Services Management,
DOCTB62060 Speech and Language Therapy

Module description

This module provides the student with an advanced understanding of the research study designs commonly used in health research. It combines a theoretical with a practical approach to enable students to search for, obtain, and understand the research literature and the critical skills to analyse and synthesis the material into a literature review. The module covers the following themes:
* Principles of research and research methods.
* Critical appraisal and reviewing research literature
* Credibility, responsibility and ethics

Module objectives:
By the end of the module, students should:
* Have an advanced understanding of the range of research methods that are in common use in their discipline.
* Be able to conduct and report a rigorous and advanced search for research literature.
* Critically appraise research papers and construct a literature review.
* Apply research findings, including literature reviews, within their working practice.

Module aims

This module aims to develop rigorous critical appraisal skills to support evidence based practice in health and social care. It aims to develop a rich understanding of research methods in order to appraise published materials to apply evidence in practice settings, and to support the skills necessary to produce a literature review that appraises, synthesises and interprets the implications of a body of evidence.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:

Develop an appropriate research question relevant to health and social care pratice

Have an advanced understanding of the range of research methods that are in common use in their discipline

Be able to conduct and report a rigorous and advanced search for research literature

Critically appraise research papers and construct a literature review

Apply research findings, including literature reviews, within their working practice

Module information

Evidence based practice and leadership is an essential component of responsive and responsible health and social care policy, strategy, leadership, service provision and coordination of action for health. To scrutinise the knowledge that informs and guides practice, the practitioner needs to be research-literate and a critical consumer of research evidence. This module develops rigorous critical appraisal skills for evidence based practice, and in particular supports the process of acquiring, appraising and making inferences from published evidence.


Learning and teaching methods

The module uses lectures and computer lab sessions supported by self-study formative tasks that develop the student's own literature review project. Group tutorial and supported study time runs after most lectures to facilitate the formative tasks. Further resources and guidance are available through Moodle.

Bibliography

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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   3,000 word literature review     100% 
Coursework   3,000 word literature review resubmission (CPD)     
Coursework   3,000 word Literature Review Reassessment (GPH)     
Coursework   3,000 word literature review resubmission (CPD)     
Coursework   3,000 word literature review resubmission (CPD)     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Andrew Bateman, email: a.bateman@essex.ac.uk.
Andrew Bateman
Administrator David Bidwell cpd@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Nicola Clarke
Birmingham City University
Senior Lecturer/Professional Navigator/Academic Advisor/Seda Accredited Doctoral
Dr Elaine Lehane
University College Cork
Senior Lecturer
Dr Kate Parkinson
University of Salford
Subject Leader, Health and Social Care
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 87 hours, 85 (97.7%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

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