Research Statistics & Evidence Based Practice (10 credit level 7 occasional module) (Standalone Modules)
n/a (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / 12 weeks (Distance / E-Learning)
This e-Learning stand alone Masters level module on Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice is appropriate for different healthcare professionals working in any clinical areas.
On completion of the module a student will be able to:
- Identify and reflect on different research methods (both qualitative and quantitative research), that are and can be used within healthcare;
- Use this knowledge to evaluate literature critically and reflect on its implications for practice using appropriate methods for evaluating qualitative and quantitative research;
- Integrate statistical principles in analysing data; being able to delineate the appropriate methods to use for differing data sets;
- Demonstrate their research and statistical knowledge and skills, being able to identify appropriate research methods in order to address clinically meaningful questions;
- To use the knowledge in research, statistics and evidence based practice, to reflect on and synthesise the research findings, to their clinical practice.
The Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice module is a 12 week stand alone (10 credits) masters (M) level e-Learning module. The module aims to provide the student with the knowledge and the skills to study M level, within the research process and how to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research and research findings, in relation to practice. The module is an ideal course for someone thinking about doing an MSc, wanting to undertake research and/or thinking about service developments and justifying them.
The emphasis is on:
- research principles and statistical analysis methods;
- the research process and the interaction of various elements within it;
- the various ways research can be conducted and the selection of various methods to answer specific types of questions;
- how to integrate research methodology in order to plan research;
- skills to critique published research;
- the process of ‘Evidence Based healthcare;
- Research Ethics.
This is an e-Learning module with an integrated method of teaching and a range of different media to present key knowledge. The nature of e-Learning means that the module can be studied and completed at the students pace and allows flexibility to fit in with working in clinical practice. Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desktop / laptop / tablet), smart phones and iPads; via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).
The e-Learning aspect of the module means you do not have to attend any lectures and all teaching is on-line via a virtual learning environment called Learning Central (or Blackboard). The course team offer support Monday-Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. The method of assessment is online via a continuous 12 week assessment (with a two week introductory block). There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.
How to Apply
If you wish to apply for this module please access the following Cardiff University web page here.
On the right hand side of the screen there are links to the application form and referee report form to be used. Please note that applicants MUST apply on paper following the instructions on the Cardiff University site (in the above link) – you cannot apply via the online application service - so please follow the instructions for postgraduate paper based applications. Please ensure that upon completing the application where it asks for the proposed programme title that you write, ‘Research Statistics and Evidence Based Practice – MET500’ – ensuring that you specify which intake you are applying for.
In order to undertake the module the applicant must have constant and reliable broadband internet access and have basic computer literacy skills. The IT knowledge or ability required to undertake the module is by no means advanced but applicants must be comfortable with using the internet and Microsoft Word at a basic level and with this method of learning (e-Learning).
To prevent the student feeling isolated, there are discussion boards where students can interact with each other and the module team (who access them daily) for help and advice in developing their assessment. If students experience any personal problems whilst studying the team are also available to discuss anything in confidence by telephone.
The next intake of students is on 02 September 2013.
Applications need to be submitted by the 19th August 2013.
Please contact the module team for further information on: email@example.com.
The criteria for entry are as follows:
- Hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills;
- OR Hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC);
- OR Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School;
- AND have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme;
- AND satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate regulations – please see the Cardiff University website Senate Regulations for further detail (briefly detailed below).
N.B: All students applying for the course must be in relevant paid employment.
With your application you must provide two references and copies of your academic and professional degree certificates. You are able to fax references and documents directly to me in the course team if you wish, rather than sending them via the Admissions team however the paper application form must be sent via the address on the application form (Postgraduate Admission – Cardiff University) as it must be allocated an application number upon receipt. The course fax number is +44(0)29 2074 3412. Alternatively you may email scanned images to this email address. If you have any further questions please get in touch.
Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements including the English Language requirements*. Please see our English language requirments webpages for further information:
*Applicants who do not meet the qualification criteria listed under the English language requirements in the above link should contact the course team to discuss whether alternative evidence of English language competence may be sufficient (e.g. evidence of successful completion of a first or subsequent degree entirely in the medium of English, for a minimum of one year).
Please note that students should have taken either the TOEFL or the IELTS no more than two years before the proposed date of entry to the University. For more information, please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/elt
UK & EU Part Time for 2013/14
International Part Time for 2013/14
Next intake: Varies depending on course
Name: Mrs Sue Jenkins (Module Leader)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3215