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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MEDI3218 Research, Evaluation, and Special Studies Year 3

Module manager: Dr Mark Iles/Dr Theresa Munyombwe

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Compulsory strand of MBChB programme – runs over years 1-5. For students entering via alternative routes, evidence of satisfactory teaching and academic attainment is mandatory


MEDI3216Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 3
MEDI3217Campus to Clinic 3
MEDI3219RESS 3 Special Studies Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


RESS Purpose

At graduation, a newly qualified doctor should be able to critically evaluate research findings, recognise the inherent limitations and strengths of evidence, understand how this should be used in management guidelines, and be able to evaluate application to clinical practice. They will have participated in a breadth and depth of curricular experience to develop individual evaluation and research skills.

RESS Objectives

The RESS strand is a core part of the MBChB programme, aimed at providing medical students with the opportunity to acquire, develop, and apply research and evaluation skills. RESS maps directly to Outcome 1 of Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009: ‘The Doctor as a Scholar and a Scientist: Students will apply scientific method and approaches to medical research.

The RESS strand is an integral part of the MBChB SAFER-MEDIC core curriculum, and also maps to the following Tomorrow’s Doctors themes:

- Biomedical practice in medical practice (8)
- Population health and health improvement in medical practice (11)
- Scientific method & approaches to medical research (12)
- Use of information in a medical context (19)
- Reflection, learning and teaching (21)
- Learn and work effectively within a multi-professional team (22)
- Protect patients and improve care (23)

Learning outcomes
RESS strand incorporates 6 key themes :

A. Research and evaluation methods
B. Information retrieval and evidence gathering
C. Critical analysis and review
D. Data capture and processing
E. Interpreting research implications
F. Communicating research and evaluation outcomes


The RESS3 ICU forms Year 3 of the RESS strand and addresses many of the learning outcomes identified in ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009’ under ‘Outcome 2: The Doctor as a scholar and a scientist’.
The course offers students the opportunity to learn about various aspects of study design and evidence-based practice, covering the 6 key themes of the RESS strand and offers students the flexibility to focus on clinical areas of interest to them informed by their experience during clinical placements.

The course also covers aspects of study design such as ethical considerations, stakeholder involvement, literature searching via NICE evidence search, critical evaluation and economic costing and how all of this might influence clinical management guidelines
Learning is delivered through a series of lectures, lectorials, tutorials, catch-up sessions and drop-in sessions and prepares students for their planning of the ESREP project which they undertake in the final 2 years of the MBChB programme.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session42.008.00
Private study hours96.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Research protocol development and planning, involving: sampling, data collection/questionnaire design, research ethics, literature searching, data analysis and research synthesis.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive feedback on the work they are doing individually and in groups during the lectorials.
Students receive constructive verbal feedback during tutorials from both their tutors and peers.
Written feedback from tutors is then provided to all students on the work submitted following tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectThroughout the year100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assessment for Progression will involve completion of the Project Protocol which covers aspects of research design including sampling, data collection/questionnaire design, sample size estimation, stakeholder involvement, literature searching, ethics Students receive individual feedback on this as well as a grade based on the quality of the work in the individual sections within the PP, with opportunity to resit in the resit period.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:42:39


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