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Undergraduate Course: Evidence and Research: Approaches to Design and Methods (NUST08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide students with the key characteristics of common research designs (qualitative quantitative and participatory approaches) linked to the theories that underpin them. Sampling and data collection methods will be introduced. An understanding of research governance, ethics and user involvement will be developed.
Course description This course will provide students with the key characteristics of common research design. The approaches covered in this course will include:

Introduction to developments in experimental approaches
Introduction to evaluation and audit
Introduction to survey design
Introduction to participatory Research
Introduction to grounded theory
Introduction to ethnography
Introduction to phenomenology
Introduction to epistemology

There will also be provision in the course to address the concepts of viability, and reliability, linking in with the theories that underpin the paradigms of research.

Main Sampling methods will include: random, stratified, opportunistic, convenience, purposive and theoretical.

Data collection methods will include: questionnaires, interviews, observation, document analysis, clinical measurement.

Further consideration will be given to the ethical dimensions, research governance and user involvement in gathering evidence and ways of evaluating its rigour. Key design issues such as rigour in both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be considered as well as sources of bias.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Evidence and Research: Avenues of Inquiry (NUST08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 20 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) An oral and visual presentation (20%) and a course paper consisting of a report of the research exercise confined to within 3,000-3,500 words (80%).
Feedback Formative feedback is given on weekly group work tasks and discussions.

Summative feedback is given on the presentation and course paper as detailed above via LEARN.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To demonstrate understanding and application of the main research designs and approaches used to gather evidence in health and social care.
  2. To identify and understand the role of different sampling and data collection methods that contribute to the generation of evidence based practice.
  3. To demonstrate an understanding of the role of ethics, research governance and user involvement in gathering evidence and ways of evaluating its rigour and application.
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Course organiserDr Colin Chandler
Tel: (0131 6)51 5168
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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