SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB923874
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

Principles and practice of research - critical overview of various methodologies, Comparisons between different quantitative and qualitative modes of investigation Review of ethical, legal and political issues in the research process. Reflection and reflexivity in the research process Computing and information technology- literature searching strategy; compiling a research bibliography. Developing the research question Writing a research proposal Review of descriptive statistics Inferential statistics and hypothesis testing Methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis Interpreting the results of data analysis


Further information avaialble from QMU.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Articulate the philosophical bases of quantitative and qualitative research;2. Critically analyse the characteristics of different methodological approaches and methods of research;3. Evaluate the applicability of different research methods within their own clinical area;4. Critically appraise available literature in order to justify a research question relating to the student's own clinical practice;5. Formulate a feasible small scale study or systematic literature review relating to the students own clinical practice, which utilises a research methodology appropriate for the question.6. Justify the selection of appropriate data analysis methods in order to fulfil the student's research aims.7. Demonstrate competent IT, bibliographic skills and utilisation of web resources.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This is a school-wide module allowing students from different disciplines and programmes to learn together. The module is flexible in its delivery allowing distance learning students, part-time students and full time students to work together in online discussions, formative assessments and other online interaction. Face-to-face contact key lectures are delivered to full-time students on alternative weeks or part-time students during the Master's attendance weeks in semester 1 and 2; these key lectures are recorded and distance learning students follow these online as recorded podcasts and/or narrated MS Powerpoint presentations. All students also engage in self-directed online learning with pre-reading or further reading.

Indicative Reading

The student should consult from a range of texts which may include the following: Batavia, M. 2001. Clinical research for health professionals. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. Brophy, S., Snooks, H. and Griffiths, L. 2008. Small scale evaluation in health: a practical guide. London: Sage. Field, G. 2009. Discovering statistics using SPSS. 3 rd ed. London: Sage. Finlay, L. 2006. Qualitative research for allied health professionals: challenging choices. Chichester: John Wiley. NB: this title is also available electronically: <>. Grbich, C. 1999. Qualitative research in health: an introduction. London: Sage. Hicks, C. 2009. Research methods for clinical therapists: applied project design and analysis. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Miles, M. and Huberman, M. 1994. Qualitative data analysis: an expanded sourcebook. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Pope, C. and Mays, N. 2006. Qualitative research in health care. 3rd ed. Malden: Blackwell Publishing/BMJ Books. Saks, M. and Allsop, J. 2007. Researching health: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. London: Sage.

Transferrable Skills

Further information avaialble from QMU.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Face to face contact For distance e-learning students: On line sessions (podcast/narrated presentations 40.00
Directed learning on line 160.00
Self directed learning 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% Research proposal or protocol for a systematic review (4,000 words)