To provide students with knowledge and understanding of design of a research proposal and the research process and to develop the skills required to design a research proposal. This will allow the students:
• To prepare for working on a project, undertaken in order to qualify for the MSc, and result in a dissertation
• To provide students with the skills required to critically review research, from an understanding of what is involved in doing research
• To enable students to think more deeply and critically about the evidence-base of their practice, and the ways in which practice may give rise to, and be informed by, research
The overall aim of this module is that you should become more knowledgeable about the process of research and to develop the skills required to design a research proposal. The module reviews the approaches to critical appraisal of the evidence, consideration of research in (clinical) practice and research methodology. The objective is to make you more aware of research methods and to become more critical in your review and understanding of published work. Furthermore, to incorporate a critical approach into your own area of practice, whilst appreciating the external forces that impede the research process and prevent evidence from being implemented.