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Unit description

Learners examine a range of research methodologies that can be utilised in clinical practice environments. These methodologies include case studies, case series, clinical audits, n of 1 studies, single case experimental designs (SCED) and surveys. The learner is also introduced to whole-system research, outcome measures, good clinical practice and ethics. By understanding the purpose, operationalisation, strengths and limitations of each methodology, the learner should be able to apply these methodologies to the clinical practice setting.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview of practice-based research

Topic 2: Whole systems research

Topic 3: Selecting outcome measures

Topic 4: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and human research ethics

Topic 5: Descriptive studies

Topic 6: Interventional studies

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1analyse the purpose and application of practice-based research
2demonstrate a critical understanding of whole systems research, including the benefits and limitations of this approach
3critically describe the rationale and criteria for selecting suitable outcome measures
4analyse the principles of good clinical practice and human research ethics
5critically examine the benefits and limitations of diverse descriptive research methodologies
6critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of different interventional research methodologies

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse the purpose and application of practice-based research
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of whole systems research, including the benefits and limitations of this approach
  3. critically describe the rationale and criteria for selecting suitable outcome measures
  4. analyse the principles of good clinical practice and human research ethics
  5. critically examine the benefits and limitations of diverse descriptive research methodologies
  6. critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of different interventional research methodologies

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (Self paced)
Assessment
Presentation10%
Short written response35%
Literature review55%
Notice

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