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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Research Practice Attachment (NUST11080)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description The research practice attachment (RPA) 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 RPA runs from Week 3-12 in Semester 1 over two days a week, normally Tuesday and Wednesday totalling 150 hours of practice attachment. The attachment experience is supported by regular tutorials. These may be on line, face to face, University or clinically 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
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a full appreciation of the key roles and competencies for clinical research.
  2. Present a 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.
  3. Demonstrate the primacy of communication, leadership and teamwork in all research activity and decision making.
  4. Demonstrate the application of a range of research methods, data collection tools and the key principles of analysing data.
  5. Present and appraise research data and findings.
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates attributes in the area are :
(1) The critical understanding of the role of research in nursing and healthcare.
(2) The critical understanding of research design in nursing and healthcare.
(3) The application of the interpersonal, ethical and team skills to access, recruit and support research subjects.
(4) The understanding of the primacy of communication, leadership and teamwork in all research activity and decision making.
(5) The confidence to make decisions based on their knowledge, skills and understanding of research.

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