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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This is the second module in the "research" stream for the pre-qualification programmes in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy. This module builds on the content of Enquiry in Healthcare 1 to provide foundation for the development of a research project proposal. Total hours scheduled are 72 over 12 weeks. Teaching begins one week before the standard semester. Enquiry in Healthcare 1 (1114) will be a prerequisite for this module


Development of a Research question; database search; critically appraise research literature; write literature review; qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data analysis; SPSS; Proposal Writing; Ethical Considerations; Oral and visual presentation of preliminary proposal; research governance.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Synthesise and critique research literature to generate a clear rationale for the proposed research project. Recognise and address potential ethical issues within a proposed research project, including dimensions of diversity. Select appropriate statistical analyses for a range of data. Demonstrate applied skills for a range of methods of data analysis. Develop an understanding of the ethics procedure by contributing to the submission of a project for approval by the relevant ethics committee

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Resolve any conflict that may arise between personal beliefs and ethical considerations. Acknowledge international perspectives of proposed research project.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Present and defend proposed research project to group of researchers.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This Interprofessional Education module across the four Clinical Therapies programmes will use a blended approach with a range of face to face and online content for core content. Additionally, discussions and tutorials will occur within small groups face to face and through e-discussion forums. Sessions re statistical analysis will include some lab based sessions with software.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Babbie, E.R. (2010) The Basics of Social Research , California: Wadsworth
Greenhalgh, T. (2010) How to Read a Paper: the Basics of Evidence-based Medicine, 4th ed. , London: BMJI Books (eBook)
Law, M. and MacDermid, J. (2008) Evidence-based Rehabilitation: A Guide to Practice. , Thorofare, NJ: Slack
Perry, A., Morris, M. and Cotton, S. (Eds) (2009) Handbook for Allied Health Researchers. , Menzies Foundation, Melbourne, Australia
Yin, R. (2011) Qualitative Research from Start to Finish, , New York: Guilford

Other Relevant Texts:

Babbie, E.R. (2010) Learning How to Use SPSS Guide: SPSS for Babbie's the Basics of Social Research , California: Wadsworth
Bickman, L. and Rog, D.J. (2009) Sage Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods , Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Carpenter, C. and Suto, M. (2008) Qualitative Research for Occupational and Physical Therapists: A Practical Guide , Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
Coffey, A. and Atkinson, P (1996) Making Sense of Qualitative Data , Thousand Oaks: Sage
Fink, A. (2002) The Survey Kit , Thousand Oaks: Sage
Hammell, K.W., and Carpenter, C. (2004) Qualitative Research in Evidence-based Rehabilitation , Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
Paul, R., and Elder, L (2006) The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, 5th ed. , Dillon Beach: Foundation for Critical Thinking
Portney, L. and Watkins, M. (2007) Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd ed. , London: Prentice Hall
Smith, J., Flowers, P. and Larkin, M. (2009) Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Methods, Research , California: Sage
Taylor, M. (2007) Evidence-based Practice for Occupational Therapists, 2nd ed. , Oxford: Blackwell Science

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

MSOCTHTFA - Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification)
MSSLTHTFA - Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualific

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