NMHS43750 Adv ResMethods HC Professional

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to promote a climate of enquiry and critical thinking which emphasises the importance of best evidence in the students’ area of practice to cultivate proficiency in relation to research appraisal and synthesis. In this module students are given the opportunity to consolidate their previous knowledge and appreciation of research and enquiry and apply their knowledge to addressing a targeted research question.
The module will include advanced information on research appraisal and synthesis, the role of theory and knowledge (epistemology) in research and enquiry, research design and methodological approaches, processes involved in research protocol development, data collection and interpretation, and ethical principles in healthcare research.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Distinguish the philosophical underpinnings and theoretical frameworks/perspectives of healthcare enquiry and analyse how these influence the subsequent conduct of research and enquiry

2. Critically review, analyse and synthesise pertinent literature, including interpretation of findings

3. Formulate appropriate research/review questions or hypotheses relating to a defined healthcare problem

4. Explore a variety of enquiry methodologies, data analytical processes and procedures so as to address identified research question(s)

5. Justify the choice of a research design that address the identified research question(s)

6. Become familiar with the relevant institutional ethics committee guidelines and outline the ethical principles that will underlie the proposed research study

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Using blended learning approaches, this course will involve delivered lectures, online tutorials and workshops, and independent learning.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Students will be given a choice of 2 research papers and will be asked to critically appraise one of the papers using an appropriate appraisal tool (2000 words) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Students will peer review and provide constructive feedback on four (4) other anonymous student’s draft research protocols using guided templates Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Students will develop a research protocol on a topic of relevance to their own practice throughout the first 8 weeks of term. Students will prepare a poster presentation of their protocol (1200 words) Week 8 n/a Graded Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

This module aims to integrate feedback strategies and opportunities for feedback through. Three main mechanisms will be used: 1) Regular tutorials/workshops, which will involve group discussions. 2) Peer review activities as part of assignment. During the trimester, students will submit a draft of a portion of their assignment. After-which, peer feedback strategies will be used for students to support each other's project development, and also develop their critical analysis skills. Students will then have opportunities to revise their assignment based on feedback, prior to submission for grading. 3) Post-assessment, class feedback will be provided within approximately 20 working days of submission. Individualised feedback will be provided for assessments when final grades are released.

Name Role
Dr Andrew Darley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Aoife De Brún Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Brynne Gilmore Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Lisa Rogers Lecturer / Co-Lecturer