PT0706 - Research in Health & Social Care

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with the opportunity to engage with academic writing, a range of research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative and consider these in the context of physiotherapy practice and wider health and social care to contribute to your development as an evidence based healthcare practitioner. Systematic review methodology will be introduced and considered in the context of an MSc project option. In this module you will have the opportunity to engage with research ethics and research methodology theory and to also participate in data collection and analysis, including the integration and development of some skills and concepts considered in your profession specific modules in the context of research. Public health related to physical activity will be reflected within this module; both from an individual, personal perspective and development of this to relate to the wider population. This will support development of critical discussion and as a vehicle for data collection and analysis. The end product of this module will be a project proposal. This module is linked with your MSc project; with the aim prepare you for involvement in data collection and analysis or systematic appraisal to provide you with a firm foundation for undertaking research as part of your MSc.

How will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to participate in an enquiry-based learning approach that will promote peer and self- coaching to meet the module learning outcomes through exploration of structured and staged skill-based tasks and scenarios. Simulation will play a key role in your learning within a workshop driven module, in developing your professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours. Staff will introduce you to concepts, information and practical skills and facilitate reflection on your development through self and group directed study. Thus you will have the opportunity to practice and frame skills (practical and intellectual) that will be evidenced in the compilation of an e-skills portfolio to showcase your learning within the academic setting. In addition to the e-skills portfolio, there will opportunities for you to review and consolidate learning across the module through your participation in two Collaborative Structured Practical Skills Evaluation (CSPSE) workshops.

In developing a ‘community of learning’ within a professional framework, you will be expected to attend teaching sessions, be dressed appropriately for practical sessions, behave in a professional manner, and engage and contribute to the learning of yourself and others.

There will be opportunities for peer learning opportunities both within your own student group and with MSc Occupational Therapy students who will share this module for some of the delivery. The collaboration and joint learning across disciplines will give you the opportunity to appreciate the positive contribution of perspectives can make to your development as a researcher and as an evidence-aware health care practitioner. There will be core sessions delivered with MSc Occupational Therapy students, which provide the opportunity to engage in discussion regarding research methodologies and development of project ideas. There will be some profession specific sessions to develop and integrate skills and concepts related to your profession in the context of research and evidence based practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement requires a system of robust support and guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to the pastoral support you will receive, the tutors involved in delivering this module will provide guidance and academic counselling to ensure that you are able to confidently engage with the academic and practical rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face in workshops with tutorial support available, and is an essential aspect of the programme’s assessment for learning strategy. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal, social networking and collaborative tools.

A central feature the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your learning needs, has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and communication skills.

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. Develop critical discussion of research methods including threats to reliability and validity in quantitative research and trustworthiness in qualitative research

2. You will be able to discuss the value of service-user and carer involvement as co-producers in research to the type and quality of evidence produced.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Critically review the evidence base for a topic area and identify the need for research/evaluation and the implications of this for practice.

2. Develop research skills, including critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative studies, alongside consideration of this in the context of practice.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Value research participants as essential facilitators of and contributors to research and evidence.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
You will receive feedback on your project proforma, outlining your project theoretical background and intended methodology

Summative assessment:
4000 word project proposal or 4000 word systematic appraisal protocol, depending on your proposed project methodology.

KU: 1
IPSA: 1, 2
PVA: 1





Module abstract

This module will support your understanding and development of research as a basis for the knowledge and skills required to undertake your MSc project. You will engage with a range of research rich learning opportunities, related to research methods and skills and evidence based practice. Working with peers you will consider existing research-related skills and knowledge, and begin to develop these within a series of interactive workshops related to qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis giving you the opportunity to collect data and to reflect on both process and outcome. This, along with consideration of ethical implications and requirements of research will provide opportunities for peer / staff feedback on your project ideas. The module is assessed by your project proposal, which will then serve as the basis for your project research ethics submission or systematic appraisal protocol.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2021

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