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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Health Services Research
Reference PHM038 Version 2
Created September 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved October 2014 SCQF Points 60
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 30

Aims of Module
To demonstrate professional competence in reserach planning and execution.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Systematically retrieve literature and critically appraise through application of relevant techniques.
2 Devise and implement a comprehensive project plan that encompasses all aspects of investigative study.
3 Demonstrate mastery of appropriate methodological techniques for data collection and analysis in a specified area of practice.
4 Work autonomously with minimal guidance to apply a problem solving approach to all aspects of health service research in a specified area of practice.
5 Produce a research report and undertake an oral defence of the research conducted.

Indicative Module Content
Health services research methods including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, service improvement and service development methodology, literature reviews, systematic reviews, research governance, survey methods, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, sample size and sampling, data collection, statistical analysis, report writing, oral defence of research findings.

Module Delivery
Online distance learning supported by problem based study materials including directed reading and contact / structured discussion with peers and academic and e-tutor staff.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours N/A N/A
Non-Contact Hours N/A 600
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL N/A 600
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 20% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: Submission of a research proposal will contribute 20% to the overall module Grade.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: Submission of a research report will contribute 60% to the overall module Grade.
Component 3
Type: Examination Weighting: 20% Outcomes Assessed: 5
Description: Oral defence of research will contribute 20% to the overall module Grade.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
To pass this module, the student must achieve a module Grade of Grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A When the marks (expressed as a percentage) obtained for C1, C2 and C3 give a final aggregate mark of 70% or more. A minimum of 40% is required in each of C1, C2 and C3.
B When the marks (expressed as a percentage) obtained for C1, C2 and C3 give a final aggregate mark of 60 - 69%. A minimum of 40% is required in each of C1,C2 and C3.
C When the marks (expressed as a percentage) obtained for C1, C2 and C3 give a final aggregate mark of 50 - 59%. A minimum of 40% is required in each of C1, C2 and C3.
D When the marks (expressed as a percentage) obtained for C1, C2 and C3 give a final aggregate mark of 40 - 49%. A minimum of 40% is required in each of C1, C2 and C3.
E When the marks (expressed as a percentage) obtained for C1, C2 and C3 give a final aggregate mark of 35 - 39%. A minimum of 35% is required in each of C1, C2 and C3.
F When the marks (expressed as a percentage) obtained for C1, C2 and C3 give a final aggregate mark of less than 35%.
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module An undergraduate degree in pharmacy from a UK university or overseas equivalent, at a minimum of honours level and one year's post-registration experience OR an integrated masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) and profressional registration OR in consultation with the Course Leader.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 BOWLING, A., Current edition. Research methods in health. Buckingham: Open University Press.
2 CRESSWELL, J.W., current edition. Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: Sage.
3 Reference lists and bibliography as stipulated under study materials on Campusmoodle.

 

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