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PU5027: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESEARCH DESIGN (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

Fundamentals of research design provides the student with skills in both quantitative and qualitative design enabling the student to plan ethical research in a health context. Students are taken through each step - from formulating the research question, to study design, sample selection, methods for data collection to dissemination of results.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

 

  1. Summarise the key factors involved in the research process
  2. Evaluate the appropriateness of study designs commonly used in applied health research studies
  3. Identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  4. Develop a research proposal to answer a health-related research question which maximises research quality and rigour.v

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Ms Corina Weir

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Master Of Science In Special Care Dentistry or Master Of Science In Clinical Education or Any Postgraduate Programme Diploma In Clinical Education or Master Of Science In Clinical Education or MSc Global Health and Management or Any Postgraduate Programme Certificate in Research Methods for Health or Master Of Public Health
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of health research methods. The course will focus on the development of research protocols, including how to formulate research questions, identify appropriate study designs, identify relevant outcomes and plan data collection. Students will be introduced to the main study designs used in health research including experimental, observational, qualitative and mixed method designs. Sampling techniques and methods for data collection for both quantitative and qualitative methods will be addressed. Students will also be introduced to the importance of critical appraisal and research ethics and will learn how to communicate scientific findings.


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks 18 Feedback Weeks 21

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Feedback

Research proposal feedback provided 2 weeks after submission.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateDevelop a research proposal to answer a health-related research question which maximises research quality and rigour

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 11 Feedback Weeks 13

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the appropriateness of study designs commonly used in applied health research studies
ConceptualUnderstandSummarise the key factors involved in the research process

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 18 Feedback Weeks 21

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Feedback

All Single best answer quizzes feedback in provided upon submission.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the appropriateness of study designs commonly used in applied health research studies
ConceptualUnderstandSummarise the key factors involved in the research process
FactualAnalyseIdentify the advantages and disadvantages associated with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandSummarise the key factors involved in the research process
FactualAnalyseIdentify the advantages and disadvantages associated with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the appropriateness of study designs commonly used in applied health research studies
ProceduralCreateDevelop a research proposal to answer a health-related research question which maximises research quality and rigour

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