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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module focuses on research and its relatedness to the broad concept of health. Students will understand the research process and will be encouraged to develop their academic writing skills and to gain an understanding of the range of research study designs through reading health research.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appreciate the term “research” and its relevance to health along the life continuum
2. Understand the research process and become familiar with various research methodologies.
3. Critically read and discuss health related research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Online activity8LETS tutorials DCU Library
Assignment Completion2Group work for Continuous Assessment
Assignment Completion15Individual assignment
Independent Study80Independent study
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

Introduction to health research and critical appreciation of the research process

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

Introduction to quantitative study designs

Introduction to qualitative study designs

Development of skills to effectively search for content using online resources and skills to evaluate information source

Academic writing skills, academic integrity and referencing using the DCU Harvard convention

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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
  • Gray E.D.: 2018, Doing Research in the Real World, 4th, 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
  • Kumar R: 2019, Research methodology a step by step guide for beginners, 5th, SAGE Publications, London,
  • 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

54768, Website, 0, Understanding health research, BMJ, http://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i4403,
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