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C74RMS Research methods and statistics
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Compulsory for all students taking the following courses: MSc in Clinical Sciences (Cellular Sciences) MSc in Clinical Sciences (Blood Sciences) MSc in Clinical Sciences (Infection Sciences)

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Full Year Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the trainee has the underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS and in healthcare science in particular and to provide the underpinning knowledge for the research project. Topics will include experimental research methods, statistics and critical analysis of data.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 21 weeks1 per week0 hours 30 mins

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
This module is delivered entirely by distance-learning. Students will receive 10-12 hours of lecture podcasts, plus case-studies and associated material (~90 hours of flexible learning).

Method of Assessment: 

Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 100 90 minute exam - MCQ and SAQ 

Convenor: 

Education Aims:  The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the trainee has the underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS and in healthcare science in particular and to provide the underpinning knowledge for the research project. Topics will include experimental research methods, statistics and critical analysis of data.

Learning Outcomes:  1. Explain the context within which research and audit are undertaken within the NHS. 2. Examine the contribution of the Healthcare Science workforce to undertaking cutting edge translational research for patient benefit and promoting innovation within the NHS. 3. Differentiate between audit and research and know different types of research approaches including qualitative, quantitative and systematic review. 4. Know the processes that underpin clinical trials and their potential value, risks and benefits. 5. Explain how to formulate a research question and design a project. 6. Explain the current ethical and governance frameworks within which human and animal work can be conducted in the UK. 7. Know current ethical approval processes for research and audit, the requirements for continuous monitoring, progress reporting, adverse event monitoring, study closure and archiving. 8. Describe the role of peer review and user involvement in research design. 9. Appraise research and research proposals with respect to costs and benefits 10. Explain the application of common statistical techniques for dealing with data. 11. Explain a range of methods to disseminate research findings and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. 12. Describe how clinical guidelines are produced and the concept of evidence based practice including the role of current statutory and advisory regulatory bodies. 13. Explain the processes for quality assurance in research, audit and service improvement. 14. Describe the potential sources of research funding for Healthcare Science research and basic principles of Intellectual Property regulations. 15. Discuss how the findings of research and audit can be used to improve the practice of healthcare science and improve patient care and service delivery.

Offering School:  Life Sciences


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