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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MEDI1218 RESS1 Special Studies Project

Module manager: Dr Shenaz Ahmed

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

Year running 2019/20

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


MEDI1204Individuals and Populations
MEDI1213Research, Evaluation and Special Studies 1
MEDI1214Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 1
MEDI1215Campus to Clinic 1
MEDI1216Introduction to Medical Sciences
MEDI1220Body Systems

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

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 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)

Year 1 specific objectives

- Use information gathering skills to understand your chosen topic
- To understand or develop research method
- Analyse generated data or data provided using appropriate procedures
- Present your findings
- Draw conclusions
- Evaluate
- Use Endnote to manage references

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 RESS strand will consist of:

- E-Learning and lectures on relevant topics
- Skill-based exercises
- Working through a structured research project
- Special studies

The RESS strand curricular content will follow the same basic structure in each year (based on desired knowledge outcomes for that year mapped against the whole programme outcomes), for example:
- Determine need
- Formulate research question
- Identify appropriate research method
- Gather data
- Analyse, Summarise, Present
- Draw conclusions
- Evaluate

The emphasis and degree of guidance provided will vary from year to year, building on previous experience according to the spiral model of the curriculum, depending on what is introduced, practiced, and assessed at each stage, but the trend will be towards more independence and less structure, from closed to open questions.

RESS1 Special Studies Project
This module allows students to apply the research and evaluation skills they have developed during term 1 of the RESS strand to a project of their choice.
Project activities will depend on the specific project allocated to the student, but all projects include application of the following skills:

- Use information gathering skills to understand topic
- Understand, or develop research method
- Analyse generated or given data using appropriate procedures
- Present findings
- Draw conclusions
- Evaluate
- Use Endnote to manage references

The students will produce a project report and a poster for assessment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours38.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)55.00

Private study

Students will meet approximately 5 times with tutors depending on project and will then work independently on their projects and posters.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be required to complete tasks and reflect on their learning experience using the electronic portfolio. Monitoring of progress in this strand will be incorporated into the small groups the students will be working within, and thus incorporate academic and personal tutoring mechanisms.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2000 word report75.00
Reflective log3 x 100 word reflective log and poster25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 08/10/2018


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