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Postgraduate Course: Research and Evaluation in eHealth (GLHE11039)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will be divided into 5 sessions, each lasting a week. All sessions will contain written materials accompanied by guided reading in the form of links to journal articles.
Students will be expected to discuss the topics and reading materials on the online forum. Whole-class tasks will help to illustrate key methods and their challenges.
Students will be assessed using short answer questions linked to problem based learning questions embedded within each session. These will be collated and supplemented by a reflective overview at the end the course. Students will be expected to produce a 2000 word essay by the end of the course.
Course description Introduces the main research paradigms used in eHealth, their appropriateness for addressing different types of research problems and core principles and techniques for studying and evaluating eHealth. The course is compulsory for all students intending to proceed to the MSc, in preparation for the final year project. Specialist methodology options are available elsewhere in the programme (e.g. User-Centred Design) and our sister programmes in Public and Global Health (e.g. Qualitative Research, Systematic Reviewing), however guidance from project supervisors will also help to supplement this core learning for the purposes of specific projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 25/09/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Collated forum postings in response to PBL questions: 30%.Essay: 70%.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the course through the discussion boards. Summative assessment feedback is also provided via LEARN at the end of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Examine and contrast the various research and evaluation approaches in e-health and their appropriateness for different research questions.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of rigour and ethical considerations in the research process.
  3. Design a research study applying their knowledge about research methods and evaluation
Reading List
informatics. Springer.
O-Leary Z (2013) The essential guide to doing your research project. Sage.
Pagliari C (2007) Design and Evaluation in eHealth: Challenges and Implications for an Interdisciplinary Field. J Med Internet Res 9(2):e15
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Understands the need for different forms of research at different phases of the technology lifecycle
-Is able to formulate a clear and testable set of research questions
-Grasps the principles and techniques necessary to undertake exploratory or evaluative eHealth research
-Is able to understand a range of designs and analyses described in published research
-Is in a position to begin designing a novel piece of research for the final year project
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning.
Study Abroad No study abroad option
KeywordsGlobal eHealth
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Jane Dumayne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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