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A34RAD Research and Dissertation
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 60

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on the MMEdSci, PGDip and PGCert Medical Education courses. PGCHE students Students proposed as suitable by the Head of School of Medicine

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: Participants must have completed 120 credits of the course; all core modules (A34PAF,A34PCD & A34PTL) and 3 elective modules (see above).

A34CMS Coaching, Mentoring, Supervision 
A34LCE Learning in Complex and Uncertain Environments 
A34PBL Problem-Based Learning, Case Based Learning and Clinical Diagnositc Decision-Making 
A34PAF Principles and Practice of Assessment and Feedback 
A34PCD Principles and Practice of Curriculum Design and the Educational Environment 
A34PTL Principles and Practice of Teaching and Learning 
A34PDP Professionalism. Diversity and Professional Identity Development 
A34TEE Technology-Enhanced Education 
A34UPE Underperformance and Performance Enhancement 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module prepares and supports students to the complete the challenge of undertaking medical education research. Before formally starting the module, there is a requirement students complete relevant learning online which introduces individuals to the common components of the research process as reflected by various supervisors on the course.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 6 weeks1 per week3 hours
Seminar 2 weeks1 per week8 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:
Online learning 3 x 0.5 hour 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

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Dissertation 100 20000 words: Medical Education Research and Dissertation 

Dr R Patel

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to consolidate the knowledge, skills, values and desirable behaviours of students in the expert roles of a teacher with a focus on researcher and scholar

Learning Outcomes:  In a medical or healthcare professions education context, students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Constructing a research question based on an area of personal or professional interest
  • Aligning a methodological approach for the research with the aim, objectives and methods for inquiry
  • Completing a literature review which summarises relevant peer-reviewed publications and demonstrates evidence of critical evaluation during the process
  • Design a research study in order to answer a research question
  • Apply research methods in order to collect research data
  • Analysing research data using a range of techniques in order to derive findings for answering a question
  • Critical discussion of research findings relative to what is already known in a medical education context
  • Research governance and good research practice Learning outcomes: By the end of the module, students will be able to:
  • Critically discuss as part of a dissertation the findings from research relative to what was already known before the study was conducted, and make recommendations for current educators, research, policy makers responsible for medical education
  • Critically reflect on individual personal and professional development as a medical or healthcare professions educator in the expert roles of teacher, researcher and scholar

    Offering School:  Medicine

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