Research Methods in Health and Social Care

Module summary

Module code: OMED0011
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye



This module will introduce students to some of the common research designs and methodologies used in both quantitative and qualitative health or health and social care research studies. It will also equip them with the knowledge and skills to search for and critically
appraise research studies using either or both of these methodologies. This module will also provide the theoretical basis for the module OMED 1345 Theory Evidence and Practice dissertation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Gain a thorough understanding of the meaning of scientific research and its contributions to
Health or Health and Social Care as a whole, and in particular to practice.
2 Critically analyse the different stages of the research process including the legal and ethical
implications, common data collection tools as well as their reliability and validity.
3 Undertake a comprehensive literature search on any topic using appropriate search strategies
both manually and electronically using various databases like MEDLINE, CINAHL and COCHRANE LIBRARY.
4 Develop an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research designs, as well as their strengths and limitations in relation to Health or Health and Social Care research.
5 Critically evaluate the various methods used to analyse and make sense of both qualitative
and quantitative data.
6 Critically appraise research studies using either a quantitative or qualitative research
approaches using common frameworks as a guide.

Indicative content

Definition of research and its relevance to practice.
Paradigms underpinning rationalistic and naturalistic approaches to research Overview of the research process.
Strategies to searching the literature using common databases such as MEDLINE, CINAHL, COCHRANE LIBRARY.
Legal and ethical considerations in research.
Qualitative approaches to research which will include an introduction to ethnography, case- studies, phenomenology and grounded theory.
Making sense of qualitative research.
Quantitative approaches to research which will include experiment, quasi-experimental, surveys and correlational studies Sampling methods
Common methods of data collection such as questionnaire, interview observation and documents. Reliability and validity of research tools and findings.
Making sense of quantitative data using both descriptive and inferential statistics Critiquing research using common frameworks as a guide and available from the literature.
Links to literature reviews.

Teaching and learning activity

Learning needs will be met with lectures, group work, discussion groups & workshops.


Coursework: 50% weighting, LO 1-6. Pass mark 40%, numeric grading.
Computer-based Exam: 50% weighting, LO 1, 2, 4,5 and 6. Pass mark 40%, numeric grading. End of Year 1.5 h closed book examination.