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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Public Health Research

Postgraduate Course: Research Design for Public Health (PUHR11115)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to enable students to plan an evidence-based, ethical and feasible research project and to critically reflect on the process. The course will develop these skills for both students who are planning on doing a dissertation project, and those who are conducting other types of research projects.
Course description This five-week, 10-credit course will provide students with the opportunity to develop some of the practical research skills required to plan and carry out an academic research project, as well as enhance their capacity for self-directed learning, independent enquiry and critical engagement with the academic research literature. This course takes an applied approach, rather than a theoretical one, so students will learn about research skills by putting them into practice and by carrying out some of the steps involved in the research process and critically reflecting upon their own skills and how these are developing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  75
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %

2500 word proposal for a research project
Feedback Students will receive formative feedback from tutors before finalising their research proposal.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate applied research skills, i.e. conduct a literature search, define an appropriate evidence-based research question, translate this into specific objectives and identify feasible and ethical research methods
  2. Work autonomously by taking responsibility for identifying and researching a topic of their choice
  3. Critically reflect on their own learning and research planning processes, and be able to apply this to future research projects and enquiries
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills During this course students will have to demonstrate the ability to work independently on their research proposal. They will learn generic approaches and skills such as classifying information, critical analysis and drawing on different forms of evidence. This will contribute specifically to the following Graduate Attributes:
· Outlook and engagement
· Research and enquiry
· Personal and intellectual autonomy
· Personal effectiveness
· Communication
Keywordsresearch skills,research proposal,global health,public health
Course organiser Course secretaryMr Sam Chase
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