AC7059 - Quantitative Research Methodology and Design

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn theoretical and practical skills in relation to quantitative research in healthcare professional practice. You will explore the research contexts in order to understand the appropriate use of different quantitative research methodologies and methods. Using publicly available data, you will be enabled to understand how to input, analyse, and present quantitative data using contemporary research software analysis techniques. By the end of this module you will be able to critically interpret statistical quantitative results, and systematically review the ethical and legal implications of research findings within a wider world view.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will use several strategies for learning and teaching that are suitable for a variety of learning styles. These include both online (e-Lectures) and face-to-face teaching with experienced researchers. Lectures, both online and in the classroom will provide the theoretical aspects of quantitative research, while seminars in university, support the development and depth of your understanding (Flipped Classroom). In practical sessions and workshops, there will be an opportunity to try out research approaches and analysis using contemporary research software. During the seminars, practical sessions, and workshops will provide an opportunity to identify and examine real-world quantitative data (Authentic Learning Experiences). You will be encouraged to actively participate in Enquiry Based Learning (EBL), where you investigate aspects of a topic that you are unfamiliar with or want to apply in a context useful to your arena of professional practice. Your learning will take place individually and in small groups. All learning and teaching material will be available to you on electronic learning portal (eLP). There you will find all the resources you need, such as e-Lectures, reading material, videos and tutor-directed homework.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team are all active researchers, and as such, they will be able to support your learning journey. One to One tutorials is built into this module so that you can discuss aspects of research particular to your interests. All teaching material and supporting documents will available electronically on Northumbria University eLP.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Recognise and justify when quantitative research should be used in professional practice.
2. Understand and critically interpret quantitative statistical results in the context of health research, while being aware of sensitive data.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:
1. Utilise basic analysis techniques to input, analyse and present quantitative data, using Information Technology (IT) where appropriate.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1 Critically discuss ethical and legal considerations in relation to quantitative research in health.
2 Critically reflect on your own learning, and on the contribution of quantitative research to knowledge in your field.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

Using a set of publicly available data, students will analyse and interpret the data, and give a fifteen minute oral presentation of the findings to peers.

(K&U 1 and 2, IPSA 1)
Verbal peer and tutor feedback will take place in a 2-3 hours workshop.

Summative Assessment:

Students will produce a 3,500-word research report using publicly available data.

(K&U 1 and 3, IPSA 1, IPSA3, PVA 1 and 2)
Written feedback will be sent electronically.





Module abstract

The module is suitable for healthcare professionals with a degree who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of quantitative research methodology and methods. You will understand the difference between quantitative methods and when every method should be used. Exercises in this module are aimed to advance your knowledge and skills to input, analyse, present, and interpret quantitative data. This module will be using several online and face-to-face learning and teaching material such as lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and workshops.
Students will be supported by the module’s tutor and group and individual tutorial time will be made available to all students.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 Years Part-Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020 or January 2021

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