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Postgraduate Course: Research Practice Attachment (NUST11098)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe research practice attachment aims to provide students with an opportunity for experiential, practice based learning within either a clinical, nursing or academic research team.

A research practice attachment within an NHS clinical setting is only available to nurses who have registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Nurses who do not hold NMC registration may undertake a research practice attachment within an academic setting where there will be no direct patient contact or dealings with identifiable data.

Students will experience 150 hours (2 days per week over 10 weeks) of supervised experiential learning facilitated by planned research opportunities, informed interventions, interactional shadowing of team members, briefing, debriefing, feedback and reflection.
Course description The attachment allows the student to be introduced to, and become familiar with, an active research environment and the roles of the research team members. The placement will expose students to a range of research activities that may include study design, gaining organisational and ethical permissions, the recruitment of subjects, secure data collection and storage, data analysis, dissemination, 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 a University based liaison lecturer. Where appropriate, students will have a Research Passport, which gives honorary contractual status with the host institution to take an active role in the conduct of individual research studies, under appropriate supervision.

The attachments may be in local Health Boards or may be taken in the locality of a collaborating Higher Education Institution. They normally run two days a week for 10 weeks and are supported by tutorials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs There may be travel expenses in relation to research practice attachments.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 150, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 38 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by:
1. Course Paper (2,500-3,000 words) (70%)
2. Presentation (30%)
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided during tutorial sessions in week 4 and week 8. This will involve a reflective task.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key competencies and management skills required for undertaking research
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the roles of research team members in relation to study design, recruitment and retention of subjects, secure data collection and storage, data analysis and research governance
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the professional and ethical competencies and responsibilities of researchers in terms of research subject care and the achievement of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in research
Reading List
Allen D and Lyne P (2006) The reality of nursing research, politics, practices and processes Routledge: Abingdon

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

International Conference on Harmonisation (1996) Guideline for Good Clinical Practice E6(R1) Available online Accessed 9/3/17

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 (2014) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues 3rd edn. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills

Polit DF Beck CT (2008) Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice 8th edn Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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 P (ed) (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 The following attributes will be enhanced:
Ability to hone communications in clinical settings;
Ability to exchange knowledge and ideas with peers and mentors;
Ability to present and appraise research data and findings
Keywordsresearch practice,ethics,good clinical practice,nursing research
Course organiserDr Aisha Holloway
Tel: (0131 6)51 1525
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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