Key Facts

Module Title: Researching and Evaluating your Practice
Mode of Study:The part time, distance learning module is a compulsory module in the MSc year, the Certificate in Research and Evaluation, and the Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy). It can also be studied as a stand alone module.
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Contact email:a.salt@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Current emphasis is on developing the research skills of the pharmacy profession in order to provide an evidence base for pharmacy services, particularly research on the quality, outcomes and cost of pharmacy interventions. This is needed in order for pharmacy practice to continue to evolve in response to changing healthcare needs and marketplace competition. In addition the professional development framework of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Faculty includes competencies in research and evaluation as essential for practitioners wishing to develop and gain recognition as an advanced practitioner.

This 15 credit short course will help you develop your understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of health care research and enable you to make an informed choice about research designs and methods. The short course can be studied independently or as part of an award.

This module will help you develop your understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of health care research and enable you to make an informed choice about research designs and methods.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

• Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principles of research
• Make a judicious choice of research designs and methods, including sampling and analysis, in respect of a particular research question/hypothesis
• Develop research tools that will collect data to meet the aims and objectives of the particular research question/hypothesis.
• Identify and, where possible, counteract threats to validity, reliability and representativeness in the collection and analysis of data
• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles or research ethics and governance
• Identify opportunities to disseminate research findings
• Develop a proposal to evaluate a service

Applicants studying this module towards an award must meet the entrance requirements for the relevant award pathway.

English language proficiency requirement

If English is not your first language, you must either:

Hold a degree from a school where English was the language of instruction

OR

Take the IELTS (average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all categories)

Please note that IETLS exams must be no more than two years old at the start of the course for which you have applied.

This course reader aims to provide you with a practical knowledge of a range of research methods for evaluating health services to enable you to make an informed choice about research designs and methods.

The course reader is nominally divided into the following sections:
Section 1 - The Principles of Research and Evaluation
Section 2 – Literature Review
Section 3 – Research methods
Section 4 – Analysing data
Section 5 - Validity, reliability and allied concepts

This is a distance learning module. The majority of the learning material will be provided in the course reader that can be accessed on-line on the Keele Learning Environment, so that you can study where and when it is convenient for you. You are also expected to do your own reading as guided by and beyond the reading list that will be provided in the module.

You will be required to participate in some on-line activities to help you to develop the course assessment. These will be Webinar sessions where you will share your progress with other students and tutors.

Please note there is a set text for this module, listed below. You are advised to obtain this text prior to the module dispatch date to prevent any delay in you being able to start the module. The text is:

Saks M and Allsop J. Researching Health. Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods. London: Sage Publications; 2007

By the end of the module, you should be able to apply your learning to develop a proposal for an evaluation of a service that you provide in your practice. The proposal forms the assessment for the module.