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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Research Practice Attachment (NUST11080)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaNursing Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis clinical research practice attachment is a core course for the MN in Clinical Research. The placement allows the student to be introduced to, and become familiar with, a clinical research practice environment and the roles of the clinical research team members. The placement will expose students to study design, the recruitment of subjects, secure data collection and storage, research governance, legislation and ethical conduct in all Research & Development processes and procedures. Students will be supported at all times by a practice based mentor and an allocated University based supervisor.

Placements may be in the local Health Boards or may be taken in the locality of a collaborating HEI.

The placement runs from Week 3 12 in Semester 1 over two days a week, normally Tuesday and Wednesday totalling 150 hours of practice attachment. The placement experience is supported by regular tutorials. These may be on line, face to face, University or placement based and organised with specific, identified links to the core course Research Methods A and the precepts of good clinical practice (GCP). The students have a set of specific process objectives to guide the learning experience and meet the aims of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 150, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 43 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the completion of the research practice attachment, the student will have been enabled to:
* Have become familiar with a clinical research practice environment.
* Demonstrate a full appreciation of the key competencies for clinical research.
* Have an understanding of the roles of the clinical research team members.
* Have gained an insight and practice based appreciation of study design, the recruitment and retention of subjects, secure data collection and storage, research governance, legislation and the ethical conduct in all Research & Development processes and procedures.
* Demonstrate the primacy of communication, leadership and teamwork in all research activity and decision making.
* Recognise the effect of self on communication and interaction with others.
* Demonstrate the application of a range of research methods.
* Demonstrate the application of a range of research and data collection tools.
* Demonstrate the key principles of analysing data.
* Present and appraise research data and findings.
Assessment Information
The assignment is in the form of a portfolio to evidence reflective and critical analysis of good clinical practice in research. The assessment of the learning outcomes is in the form of course paper confined to within 4,000-5,000 words (100%).
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Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Bechhofer F Paterson L (2000) Principles of research design in the social sciences Routledge: London
Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods. 4th edn. Oxford University Press
Davies MB (2007) Doing a Successful Research Project: using qualitative or quantitative methods Palgrave MacMillan Houndsmills
Gelling L (2011) Competency framework for Clinical Research Nurses RCN London
Hackshaw A (2009) A concise guide to clinical trials Blackwell-Wiley
McCormack, B. (2011) Engaged scholarship and research impact: integrating the doing and using of research in practice. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16 (2)111-127
Newell R Burnard P (2006) Research for Evidence-Based Practice Blackwell Oxford
Parahoo K (2006) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues 2nd Edn. Macmillan, Houndmills
Polit, DF Beck CT (2008) Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice 8th edition Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Quality Assurance Agency QAA (2007), Section 9 p - Code of Practice for the assurance of academic quality standards in Higher Education Institutions
Royal College of Nursing (2009) Research Ethics in Nursing: RCN guidance for nurses. RCN
Saks M Allsop J (2007) Researching Health, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Sage London
Silverman D (2011) Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook, Sage, London
Smith et al (2004) Shaping the facts: Evidence based nursing and health care, London Elsevier
UK Research Integrity Office (2009) Code of Practice for Research: Promoting Good Practice and preventing misconduct UKRIO London
Watson R McKenna H Cowan S Keady J (2008) Nursing Research, Design and Methods Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
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Course organiser Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889
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