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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Reading Health Research 2
Module Code NS164
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Joanne Cleary-Holdforth
Semester 2: Joanne Cleary-Holdforth
Autumn: Joanne Cleary-Holdforth
Module TeachersJoanne Cleary-Holdforth
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module students will consider the philosophical underpinnings of health research and expand their understanding of health research study designs. In addition the module will focus on public and patient involvement in research and methods to address the theory practice gap in health research.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the research process and become familiar with various research study designs
2. Critically read and discuss health related research
3. Discuss the societal theory and practice gap in relation to health and how research can influence this gap.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Formal Lectures
Seminars4Student Supervision Time
Assessment Feedback2Feedback on continuous assessment
Directed learning30Structured coursework
Independent Study65No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Critically read papers/reports/books employing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Exploration of the philosophical basis for research

Introduction to experimental study design

Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis

Ethical issues in health research

Public and patient engagement in health research

Knowledge exchange and dissemination of health research and the impact on policy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentContinuous assessment will take the form of 3 assignments based on selected readings. Evidence of addressing feedback from previous assignments will be required for each subsequent assignment.100%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Aveyard, H. Sharp, P.: 2013, A Beginners Guide to Evidence Based Practice, 2nd, Open University Press, Maidenhead, 0335246729
  • Bowling, A.: 2014, Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services, 4th, Open University Press, Maidenhead, 0335262740
  • Briggs D: 2013, Deviance and Risk on Holiday, London: Palgrave MacMillan Publishers, 9781137022394
  • Creswell, J. W.: 2009, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, Sage Publications, London.,
  • Guest G, Naney E (Eds): 2015, Public Health Research Methods, SAGE Publications, Callifornia, 9781452241333
  • Jacobsen K: 2016, Introduction to health research methods, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Massachusetts, 9784435000
  • Mojola S A: 2014, Love Money and HIV Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS, Berkeley; University of California Press, 9780520958500
  • Moule P. Hek G.: 2011, Making Sense of Research: An Introduction for Health and Social Care Practitioners, 4th, Sage Publications, 978-1849207799
  • Moule, P. Aveyard, H. Goodman, M.: 2017, Nursing Research, Sage publications, London,
  • Pande A: 2014, Wombs in Labor, New York; Columbia University Press, 9780231538183
  • Polgar S. Thomas S.: 2013, Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, 6th, Churchill Livingstone, 978-0702041945
  • Ross, T.: 2012, A survival guide for Health Research Methods, Open University Press, Berkshire,
  • Walker D-M, (Ed): 2014, An Introduction to Health Services Research, SAGE, London, 9781446247396
Other Resources

61434, Website, 0, Understanding health research, BMJ, http://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i4403,
Programme or List of Programmes
BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society

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