Postgraduate Course: Research and Evaluation in eHealth (GLHE11058)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Only available to students of the Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) online distance learning programme.
The course dates on this programme are:
Term 3 Block 6 4 Jun - 6 July 2018
The 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| Only available to students of the Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) online distance learning programme.
|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)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 0%
Practical Exam 0%
Collated forum postings in response to PBL questions: 30%. Essay: 70%.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Examine and contrast the various research and evaluation approaches in e-health and their appropriateness for different research questions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of rigour and ethical considerations in the research process.
- Design a research study applying their knowledge about research methods and evaluation.
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 http://www.jmir.org/2007/2/e15/
|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
|Course organiser||Dr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
|Course secretary||Ms Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 9236