PL3RPR-Research Proposal

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Lotte Meteyard


Summary module description:
This module prepares students for research through the completion of a research proposal and ethics application for their dissertation project. The module also provides practical skills by covering basic statistical analysis with a software package (SPSS).

To provide students with an understanding and working knowledge of research methods, design, statistical analyses, and guidelines for ethical research.
To apply this knowledge to (a) the administration and writing up of a research proposal (b) the writing up of an ethics application and (c) the completion of a class test on statistics.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, it is expected that the student will be able to:
- Outline an original research project with critically evaluated relevant literature, stated research questions, hypotheses, methodological and statistical procedures.
- Evaluate the ethical considerations of a specific research project in detail.
- Demonstrate knowledge of experimental design and statistical methods.
- Demonstrate competence in analysing and interpreting data using a statistical software package (SPSS).

Additional outcomes:
- Literature search, bibliographic and IT skills
- Development of academic writing skills.
- Practice evaluating the evidence base for a research area.

Outline content:
Research methods, design, and statistics (SPSS labs) in preparation for conducting research in an area of speech and language therapy. Research methods and design focuses on broader issues in research methods and design. Basic research methods and designs are reviewed and consideration is given to their application in different contexts. Data collection, organisation and analysis are discussed. Ethical issues in planning and conducting a research project are presented. Emphasis is also placed on critical reading and evaluation of research in the literature.
Students are required to submit 5 choices for a dissertation supervisor by Enhancement Week in Autumn term. Allocations are then made, and students are then given support from their assigned supervisor to develop the research proposal poster and ethics coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to do necessary background research and information gathering for their proposed project, with the supervisor playing a supporting role.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One two-hour lecture per week for ten weeks, seven two-hour SPSS labs.
Lectures will be a mixture of traditional teaching and smaller group work activities.
SPSS labs provide directed practice (worksheet based) using SPSS software for data analysis, and interpreting data from those analyses.
Students also receive support from supervisors once allocations have been made. This can take the form of face-to-face meetings, or responses to questions via email.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Project Supervision 2
Practicals classes and workshops 14
Guided independent study 164
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: A research proposal poster and completed ethics application. Submitted in Spring Term. Class room test: For the statistics component of the module, to be taken at the end of the Autumn term. Relative percentage of coursework: 35% research proposal poster; 35% ethics application, 30% classroom test.

Formative assessment methods:
Online quizzes on Blackboard to back up SPSS lab classes and statistics lectures and short report (1 page) summarising and critiquing a selected journal article.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An average mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 40% or more overall. Otherwise, it must be resubmitted by September. The classroom test can be re-taken during the Spring or Summer Term (by arrangement with the module convenor).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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