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PU5052: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESEARCH DESIGN (2020-2021)

Last modified: 18 Aug 2020 12:35


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.

 

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?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

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.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 14, 15 - 18

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 14 Feedback Weeks 15

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Learning Outcomes
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Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks 19 Feedback Weeks 22

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Feedback

Feedback on all assessments will be provided with 14 days of submission for all assignments, and in many cases will be instantaneous. Feedback will come in various forms including detailed information about correct answers for quiz responses. For more extensive pieces feedback will take the form of either written or audio recorded feedback and will always provide information on areas that the you need to focus on to improve your understanding.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 20 Feedback Weeks 20

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

Formative assessment

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There are self test available for each unit of learning which can be completed at a time that suits each student

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Study design informative assessment

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 13 Feedback Weeks

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Course Learning Outcomes

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

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