Key Facts

Module Title: Research Methods in Health
Mode of Study:Single Module
Contact Details:01782 734551
Contact email:shar.postgraduate@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Module Content

Philosophical and epistemological issues; Relationship of theory to methodology - exploratory, descriptive and explanatory approaches; Theory building versus theory testing models of research; Research designs - experimental, quasi-experimental, survey and qualitative models; Principles of literature searching and critical appraisal; Issues relating to the robust collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data; Sampling and notions of generalizability; Quantitative data analysis and the logic of statistical inference and hypothesis testing; Qualitative data analysis and thematic content analysis; Introduction to data analysis software; Mixed-methods research; Ethical issues and conflicts in health care research.

Module Session Dates

Induction for new students recommended - 25 September 2017

Semester 1 

9, 10 October 2017 & 6, 7 November 2017

Exam 8 December 2017

 

OR 

 

Semester 2

15, 16 January 2018 & 12, 13 February 2018

Exam 15 March 2018

Module Aims

  • To develop the student's understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of health and social research
  • To enable the student to make an informed and appropriate choice of research design and methods
  • To equip the student with critical appraisal skills
  • To provide the student with the methodological foundation for a research dissertation

Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally have undertaken a module in research methods at undergraduate level. Candidates should normally have a first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject and/or recognised professional qualifications.
Excluded combinations: Research Methods (PTY-40001), Research Methods (CLM-40006) , Healthcare Technology Assessment (MTE-40035), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (PHA-40099).

Module Content

Philosophical and epistemological issues; Relationship of theory to methodology - exploratory, descriptive and explanatory approaches; Theory building versus theory testing models of research; Research designs - experimental, quasi-experimental, survey and qualitative models; Principles of literature searching and critical appraisal; Issues relating to the robust collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data; Sampling and notions of generalizability; Quantitative data analysis and the logic of statistical inference and hypothesis testing; Qualitative data analysis and thematic content analysis; Introduction to data analysis software; Mixed-methods research; Ethical issues and conflicts in health care research.

Teaching Format

Block sessions: Lectures, seminars workshops and online delivery.

Assessment Type                 

  • 50% of marks - an essay of 2,000 words
  • 50% of marks - online tasks  (short answer questions and multiple choice questions)