Research Methods HEA4444


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

This module will introduce students to the research process including the philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies.
The module will enable students to demonstrate their abilities by critically appraising a range of research methodologies or by writing a research proposal for a small-scale empirical project in their chosen discipline,
In addition, the on-line content that students will experience during this module is designed to encourage independent learning.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: HEA4444
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

This module is applicable to practising professionals in a range of disciplines including health, social care, medicine and psychology.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The aims of this module are to equip students with knowledge and skills to:
• develop research based information retrieval abilities
• critically evaluate research evidence
• gain an understanding of the research process

How Will I Study?

This module is normally studied over 5 sessions, one half day session per week. The module overall takes 15 weeks.

What will I study?

• Understanding and critiquing research and evidence-based practice;
• Selecting appropriate research methodologies
• Approaches to data analysis.
• Developing a research / study proposal.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be required to i) develop an evidence-based project proposal OR ii) critically appraise two papers of differing methodologies.
Both options require students to submit a 4,500-word assignment to fulfilling the learning outcomes set for the module.

On successful completion you will:

Critically evaluate appropriate evidence related to the students' specific discipline, area of expertise or professional practice.
Demonstrate critical understanding of study design to show awareness of both theoretical and
relevant practical issues.
Critically appraise the ethical issues raised by the conduct of study within their specific
discipline, area of expertise or professional practice.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2020 S1

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Tue 8th Sep 2020

Session Times:
Workshop 1
  • Tuesday 8th September 2020, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 2
  • Tuesday 29th September 2020, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 3
  • Tuesday 20th October 2020, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 4
  • Tuesday 10th November 2020, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 5
  • Tuesday 1st December 2020, 1-4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    February 2021 S2

    Venue: Online Study

    Starts: Tue 9th Feb 2021

    Session Times:
    Workshop 1
  • Tuesday 9th February 2021, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 2
  • Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 3
  • Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 4
  • Tuesday 13th April 2021, 1-4pm
  • Workshop 5
  • Tuesday 4th Mary 2021, 1-4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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    For further module information, please contact

    CPD Module Coordinator, Ida Ryland or telephone 01695 650735 or

    AHSC Module Coordinator, Nicola Relph or telephone 01695 657056.


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