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Designing education research MED5388

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will learn to design an education research project, focussing on the research topic and questions, appropriate methodologies and methods to address these, and appropriate methods of data analysis.

Timetable

tbc (distance-learning)

Requirements of Entry

Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; they should ideally be employed in a relevant professional context. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals.

 

For applicants undertaking this course as part of the PGDip/Msc HPE or PGDip/MSc HPER, they would normally be expected to have completed the following courses successfully: Learning in Health Professions; Teaching in Health Professions; and Assessment in Health Professions.

Excluded Courses

MED5135

Assessment

Assignment relating to design and/or methodological issues in education research (75%)

Contribution to online discussion (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Develop their knowledge and understanding of methodology in education research and, in particular, the appropriate use of quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis;

2. Apply this knowledge and understanding in the design of research to address questions in health professions education.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

1. Identify research topics in health professions education and formulate and critique research questions;

2. Critically evaluate the appropriateness of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and methods to address specific research questions in health professions education;

3. Design a study to address a research question in health professions education, taking into account - where appropriate - such issues as sampling, validity and reliability, authenticity, trustworthiness, credibility and generalizability.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.