Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MPH3013

 
TITLE Special Project: Medical Physics and/or Radiation Protection

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

 
ECTS CREDITS 10

 
DEPARTMENT Medical Physics

 
DESCRIPTION The aim of the study-unit is to help students gain experience in the conduct of research in Medical Physics and/or Radiation Protection and associated areas. As part of this study-unit the student will be required to submit a detailed proposal and seek ethics approval if appropriate. The study-unit also provides the student with the opportunity to experience the conducting and writing up of a research study and to add to the research base of the profession. The student will be taken through the entire research process including the strengths and weaknesses of the various research designs. Students will be encouraged also to participate in qualitative studies (e.g., interview based research) as such techniques are important if Medical Physics and Radiation Protection professionals are to involve themselves more directly with other professions and the general public.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to:
- Provide opportunity for students to gain experience in the conduct of research in Medical Physics and/or Radiation Protection and associated areas;
- Ensure students are capable of writing a detailed proposal and seek ethics approval if appropriate;
- Help students gain experience in the use of the research literature and critically analyze;
- Teach students how to choose and argue the choice of a given research design;
- Emphasize to students the importance of being on the look out for sources of bias and uncertainty when collecting data;
- Explain mathematical techniques and statistical tests to elicit information from data;
- Provide students with opportunities to present their work both orally and in writing.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the research process;
- Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative methods;
- Explain the strengths and weaknesses of major types of research designs;
- List the sources used to find information within the areas of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection and associated areas;
- Discuss the use of different statistical tests;
- Discuss sources of uncertainty and bias in Medical Physics and Radiation Protection measurements.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyze critically the international literature within a given area of research;
- Design and evaluate systems for the rigorous and safe conduct of physical measurements and experiments;
- Apply for ethical approval when necessary;
- Manage the acquisition, editing, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and reporting of measurement data;
- Use statistical techniques/tests and software to analyse measurement data and manage associated uncertainties;
- Manage projects;
- Communicate clearly results in writing and orally.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Wilson, E. B. (1991). An Introduction to Scientific Research. Dover Publications.
- Polgar, S. & Thomas, S. A. (2007). Introduction to research in the health sciences. Churchill Livingstone.
- Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.
- Nickoloff E. L. (2011). Applications of Statistics to Medicine and Medical Physics. Medical Physics Publishing.

Supplementary

- Bowling, A. (2009). Research methods in health. OUP.
- Bland, M. (2000). An introduction to medical statistics. OUP.
- Greenhalgh, T. (2006). How to read a paper. BMJ Publishing.
- Oppenheim, A.N. (2000) Questionnaire Design, interviewing and attitude measurement. Continuum Publishing Group.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) 20%
Dissertation 80%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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