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A34621 Research Methods
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc/PGDip Sports and Exercise Medicine; MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Designated Period 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module seeks to develop studentsí critical appraisal skills in order that they can take an evidence based approach to their work. It covers the strengths and weaknesses of different types of study design, research ethics requirements, and key statistical principals relevant to evaluating research, whether a published journal paper or undertaking their own research projects. It also demonstrates how to use critical appraisal tools to assess published work. This will be taught using a combination of tutorials, student-led seminars, e-learning, and formative assessments. Module Web Links:
   
  • Reading List
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 1 weeks1 per week0 hours 30 mins
    Tutorial 2 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Seminar 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Tutorial 2 weeks1 per week2 hours

    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 taught weekly during term 1.
  • 30-minute introductory lecture;
  • 4 x 2-hour tutorials;
  • e-learning research methods lectures;
  • 3 x 2-hour student-led seminars;
  • 2-hour revision session;
  • self study in theory, practice and critical appraisal, including e-learning materials/lectures: ~ 85 hours,

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Coursework 1 100 Essay-type submission - 2,500 words 
    Inclass Exam 1 (Practical) 1 hr online workbook. Successful completion is required in order to pass the module. 

    Convenor: 
    Professor E Wilson

    Education Aims:  The overall aim of this module is to develop studentsí critical appraisal skills in order that they can take an evidence based approach to their work. In doing so it will also enable students to undertake a high-quality research project, from conception and design through to comprehensive analyses and critique.

    This requires students:

    • To develop critical appraisal skills of research/peer-reviewed scientific literature;
    • To understand the strengths and weaknesses of different types of study design;
    • To be aware of the nature of the research process, the ethics of research and the regulatory approval process;
    • To develop an understanding of key statistical principles in order to be able to evaluate research;
    • To be able to determine which is the appropriate statistical test to apply to a particular dataset for a specific research question/hypothesis.

    Learning Outcomes:  
    Knowledge and Understanding:

    • To understand and be able to define and apply key statistical principles.
    • To understand, and be able to differentiate between, study designs.
    • To be able to critically appraise the research literature relevant to their research area.
    • To understand the ethical constraints in research involving human participants.
    • To be able to determine the correct statistical test to apply to a particular dataset / hypothesis.

    Skills:

    • Critical thinking
    • Numeracy
    • Self-management

    Offering School:  Medicine


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