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Social Science Research Methods (Genetic Counselling) MED5422

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The research methods course will focus on developing students' research skills primarily in questionnaire-based qualitative and quantitative observational research methods and students will be introduced to ethics procedures for the Medical School.


Semester 2 - sessions once per week.

Requirements of Entry



2000 word research report (based on the group investigation) with group-generated Methods (20%) (500 words) and individual results and discussion section (1500 words) (40%); students will also be asked to prepare a group presentation of their group investigation (40%) which will include an introduction to the project.

Course Aims

This course aims are:

■ To develop students' awareness of qualitative and quantitative research paradigms appropriate to genetics counselling research with human participants

■ To work in small groups to complete a mini-project using mixed methods-based research methods and present their findings

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate critical awareness of the assumptions of different methods and statistical tests and the limitations of associated research designs

■ Plan and execute a small-scale research project which will demonstrate critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas

■ Demonstrate an ability to generate and critically evaluate data, graphs, charts and tables

■ Demonstrate an ability to generate and critically evaluate qualitative analysis

■ Communicate ideas and findings to peers and supervisors using both written and oral means

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.