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Governance and ethics in education research MED5398

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

Short Description

In this course, students will learn about the governance and ethical conduct of education research. In addition, they will learn about the process of applying for ethical approval of education research.  

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: mock ethics application (75%)

Contribution to online discussion (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Critically reflect on ethical conduct and governance in education research in a health professions context;

2. Negotiate the process of applying for ethical approval for empirical research in the field of health professions education.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

1. Select and justify appropriate methodology to address (a) research question(s) in health professions education;

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

3. Prepare and evaluate an application for ethical approval ;

4. Critically reflect on personal and professional practice in relation to the ethics and governance of educational research.

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.