Research Activity

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
12 March 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B74024 Nursing (Adult) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B740SO Nursing (Adult) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B76024 Nursing (Mental Health) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B760SO Nursing (Mental Health) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration),
MSC B62024 Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module seeks to further advance students’ research and problem solving skills to enable them to undertake research in their future practice and use critically the research of others to inform their practice.

Module aims

This module aims to further advance your critical appraisal, research and problem solving skills, to enable you to use critically the research of others to inform your practice, and to undertake research in your future practice

This module requires you to demonstrate research skills, analytical capability and creative thinking. You are able to pursue an area of interest, to identify practice issues and to translate one of these into a research question focusing on your respective profession and potential clinical application. In undertaking this module, you have the opportunity to demonstrate in-depth understanding of a specific area of practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Translate practice issues into a research question

Develop a detailed research proposal suitable for submission to a Research Ethics Committee

Demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specific area of practice

Demonstrate advanced understanding of the research process

Demonstrate analytical capability

Module information

You are allocated a research supervisor at the beginning of the academic year, and you work with this research supervisor over the course of the year.

Please see the HS859 Supervision Guidance Document 2018-2019 (2017 cohorts) for further information; this is on Moodle under Module Information.

Your research supervisor will provide guidance and ensure you are "on track" with your research. They will direct you to relevant sources of information i.e.; module guide, HS858 resources, marking grid etc as necessary.

You direct the supervision and tutorial process; you contact your supervisor to book tutorials and you prepare for these sessions. Your supervisor will not chase you. Students who use their supervision time and their supervisory conversations effectively consistently achieve better grades for this module.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: The module is predominantly self-directed and fosters independent learning. Some optional and mandatory tutorials/workshops will be included to cover issues such as literature searching and conducting a literature review by the Module Lead. Students will be allocated individual supervisors and meetings are to be negotiated between student and academic supervisors at the end of year 1. Lectures: N/A Independent: Students work independently supported by an allocated research supervisor Placement: N/A Online: Learning will be supported by on-line resources to which the student will have access on and off campus. Tutorials: * It is expected that students will meet with personal tutor/ supervisor at least twice during the term. * In addition, personal tutorials can be arranged with the module lead. * It is the student's responsibility to attend group tutorials and to arrange any personal tutorials with the module lead. Skills: The student will be expected to engage in a range of research related activities: searching the literature, visiting the library, meeting clinicians, attending seminars and participating in conferences. Students will develop a number of transferrable skills from searching the literature, reading research papers, and using critical appraisal frameworks to make informed decisions about practice.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework COLCHESTER - Formative Critical Literature Review 15/01/2020 0%
Coursework SOUTHEND - Formative Critical Literature Review 0%
Coursework COLCHESTER - Formative Research Proposal 0%
Coursework SOUTHEND - Formative Research Proposal 0%
Coursework HS859 Critical Literature Review and Research Proposal 27/05/2020
Coursework HS859 Resubmission 0%

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
HSC teaching staff supervise individual students
Cerys Somers/Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor
Dr Suzi Willis
Manchester Metropolitan University
Senior Lecturer
Dr Philip Charles Clissett
University of Nottingham
Assistant Professor in Adult Nursing
Dr Lynsey Parrott
Plymouth Marjon University
Senior lecturer
Dr Roshni Khatri
UNiversity of Northampton
Subject Leader
Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor
Dr Suzi Willis
Manchester Metropolitan University
Senior Lecturer
Dr Philip Charles Clissett
University of Nottingham
Assistant Professor in Adult Nursing
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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