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ARCS2210 Research Methods and Evaluation

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Paul Baxter
Email: P.D.Baxter@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

ARCSS2146

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this 10-credit level 2 module the student will come to understand the issues facing the healthcare practitioner when undertaking clinical audit, service evaluation or original research, how key research frameworks apply to published or original research through practical examples and the process of conducting and evaluating systematic review.

Objectives

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the necessary skills to be able to understand the issues facing the healthcare practitioner when undertaking clinical audit, service evaluation or original research. They will explore how key research frameworks apply to published or original research through practical examples and the process of conducting and evaluating systematic review.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate how appropriate critical appraisal frameworks can be applied in the process of critical review;
2. Display knowledge of the key differences between clinical audit, service evaluation and original research;
3. Understand the key differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods,
4. Understand the basic methods of quantitative research, data collection and analysis; and the use of common statistical tools used in quantitative data analysis;
5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of data outputs from statistical tools used in quantitative data analysis;
6. Understand the process of undertaking and reviewing a systematic review;

In this module these knowledge outcomes will be achieved through the application of a practical evidence-based approach to content delivery. Along with the key lectures and self-directed learning using online resources, students will apply their new knowledge to practical scenarios with example datasets using workbooks and statistical software. Clinical audit, service evaluation, original research and systematic review methodology will be focused upon to prepare for the dissertation project in year 3.

Skills outcomes
The student undertaking this module should, on satisfactory completion be able to: appraise quantitative research methods; understand the differences between clinical audit, service evaluation and research; be able to apply appropriate methods of analysis for given data types; be able to use statistical software packages appropriately; interpret and understand results outputs from this software.


Syllabus

Module delivery will include the following topics:
-How to read a paper: clinical problems and introduction to critical appraisal frameworks (RCT,
-Study designs: Cohort, case control, studies surveys, Randomised Controlled trials(RCTs),
-Introduction to quantitative research methodologies,
-An overview of qualitative research methodologies,
-Clinical audit; differences between clinical audit, service evaluation & real world research,
-How to interpret and perform a systematic review of published literature;;
-Developing a research proposal,
- Library training for advanced database searches & creating optimal search strategies,
- Common statistical tools used in quantitative data analysis,
-Practical data analysis for each framework through real-world examples in the IT lab using University supported commercial statistical analysis packages or workbooks; understanding data outputs from statistical analysis software packages.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning22.002.00
Lecture62.0012.00
Practical32.006.00
Independent online learning hours8.00
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The 72 hours of private study that have been allocated to you for this module are to enable you to prepare and supplement your notes for this module, as well as complete the computer work sheets associated with this module. They will also allow you to prepare for and undertake the formative and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via the following:
-Self-test questions after each chapter of the ebook in preparation for the summative assessment
-Completion of computer practical workbooks
-Online MCQ regarding statistics
Model answers will be provided for the above via the VLE for students to be able to self- assess their progress.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQOnline MCQ - Formative0.00
Computer ExerciseComputer practical workbook - Formative0.00
Assignment2500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Formative work is available online for the students to self-assess their progress. Re-submission available during the August re-sit period

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 14:19:52

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