Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Methods in the Health Sciences

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION Students receive knowledge on how to critically review relevant literature and to conduct research using various research methodologies. Students are also guided to plan the research project and to formulate a research proposal.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to guide undergraduate students in health care to conduct a research project in partial fulfilment for the award of the degree, and to submit a relevant manuscript related to the research study.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Comprehensively identify and describe the main stages of the research process.
- Formulate research questions/objectives/hypotheses.
- Identify the various research methodologies that are able to test a hypothesis/research question and explore a previously identified issue.
- Understand the significance of the level of rigour to the validity and reliability of results/and or findings.
- Recall and show an understanding of the ethical obligations of research activities involving human subjects and apply the requirements of data protection legislation.
- Use statistical tests relevant to the research objectives.
- Identify the purpose of qualitative and quantitative analysis as a means of gaining insight into phenomena and generate themes, patterns and categories from data.
- Show an awareness of strategies of applying research findings in clinical practice.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Collect primary data from research participants.
- Apply acquired knowledge of research ethics.
- Use a statistical software package to generate statistical results.
- Present a proposal, applying the research process to a specific topic.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bowling A. (2009) Research methods in health, (3nd edition) Buckingham; Open University Press.
- Polgar, S. and Thomas, S.A. (2007) Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences (5th ed.) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
- Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research: A resource for social scientists and practitioners (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell.
- David Silverman, Doing Qualitative Research, Sage, 2010.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Rachel Agius
Liberato Camilleri
Claire Copperstone
Cynthia Formosa
Stephen Mizzi
Rita Pace Parascandalo

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