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Postgraduate Course: Health Research Methods Workshops (NUST11090)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryHealth Research Methods Workshops seek to give students the opportunity to select from a range of half day research workshops covering issues in research methods relevant to health which may be inter-disciplinary. The workshops cover methods and public engagement. They give hands on experience with some methods that may be introduced in some of the core School Research Methods courses. A deeper exploration of methods will be directly useful in preparation for developing and writing the dissertation. There will be the opportunity to discuss with other students taking the same approach or tackling the same problem. Students should be able to engage confidently in discussion about particular health research methods in social sciences with experts from a range of backgrounds and link these to their own research practice and experience.
Course description Course aims:

On completion of this course, students are expected to have gained a detailed and critical understanding of the particular method in health and social care research.

Course outline:

To receive 10 credits students must attend two workshops with follow-up and submit a report. Students may choose to take a single workshop although credit cannot be awarded for only one workshop.

A typical workshop will consist of a 3 hour workshop session with a follow up. The latter may be conducted online or via email.
The usual structure will consist of:
- An introduction by an expert in the area, which will outline core themes and debates.
- A hands-on workshop session with students. Students will be expected to come prepared to work and contribute.
- A report-back and review.

The follow-up will be for students taking the workshop for credit. It will consist of a set of reflections by the student on the themes and questions relevant to them that emerged from the workshop and commentary by the workshop leader. The workshop leader will advise on relevant literature for the student to review before completing their final report.

Examples of workshops are:

Grounded theory in health and social science research
Systematic reviews in healthcare
Conducting research with people with incapacity
The narrative approach in health care research
Ethical issues in research with adults with incapacity

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Designing Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care (NUST11092)
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: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 90 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

The assessment is a 1000 word report for each workshop describing the relationship of the workshop to a proposed research project. This must cover item 1 and could cover some or all of the remainder:

1. Relevant literature on the workshops' themes critically appraised by you«br /»
2. The relationship of the workshops' themes and problems to your discipline. Is anything more or less salient to your own discipline or field? In what ways? «br /»
3. How do they link with theoretical and epistemological topics that you are addressing in your project?«br /»
4. How have the workshops affected your research practice, your aims or another aspect of your research proposal?«br /»
Feedback Formative assessment: Student led discussion at the one hour follow up tutorial on reflections of learning.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop advanced specialized research skills and engage with other researchers and those at the forefront of developments in the topic of the workshop
  2. Develop a critical understanding of the specialized theories, concepts and principles of the issues in the workshop.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to the issues raised in the workshop theme.
  4. Apply specialized research skills to the development, planning and execution of the student¿s own research work.
  5. Work collaboratively with a range of peers demonstrating the ability to communicate complex issues.
Reading List
Provided by workshop leader at the time of delivery
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Problem defining and solving
Project development and reflection
Additional Class Delivery Information Two 3 hour workshops each followed up with a tutorial.
KeywordsResearch Workshop
Course organiserDr Sheila Rodgers
Tel: (0131 6)51 3940
Course secretaryMr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661
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