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UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Module Specification

1. The title of the module:

Research Skills (WL510)


2. The School which will be responsible for management of the module

The Division of Dentistry in the Centre for Professional Practice


3. The Start Date of the Module

September 2009


4. The cohort of students (onwards) to which the module will be applicable.

2008
5. The number of students expected to take the module

15-25
6. Modules to be withdrawn on the introduction of this proposed module and consultation with other relevant Schools and Faculties regarding the withdrawal

None
7. The level of the module (e.g. Certificate [C], Intermediate [I], Honours [H] or Postgraduate [M])

H Level (FHEQ Level: 6)
8. The number of credits which the module represents

15 credits (7.5 ECTS)


9. Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern)

Flexible Delivery


10. Prerequisite and co-requisite modules

None
11. The programmes of study to which the module contributes

BSc in Primary Dental Care
12. The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes.


  1. Understand the nature of research, the ethical responsibilities and fundamental principles of interpretation and analysis of data. (A9,C7)


A9: The ethical responsibility involved in participating in clinical investigation, research and development of clinical procedures.

C7: Developed ability for conducting appraisal, audit and research within a PDC setting.


  1. Understand the principles of quantitative and qualitative research designs and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. (B4,C7)


B4: Evaluate quantitative and qualitative investigative literature and data and be able to identify the strengths and weakness of different approaches.

C7: Developed ability for conducting appraisal, audit and research within a PDC setting.


  1. Apply research skills to access and review a range of sources of contemporary research evidence relating to a specified area of practice within Primary Dental Care (PDC). (A6,C7)


A6: The principles and importance of evidenced based PDC practice supported through professional literature, research methods, interpretation and analysis of epidemiological data and it’s applicability to raising professional practice within PDC.

C7: Developed ability for conducting appraisal, audit and research within a PDC setting.
(iv) Plan and prepare a proposal for a dissertation of 8000 words which is appropriate to the individual’s PDC workplace, ability and resources available and which reflects relevant professional, peer and ethical considerations. (B7,C3,10,11)

B7: Process and reflect on personal practice through maintaining an evidence based journal, to demonstrate enhanced personal professional performance.

C3: Developed ability for self audit and an appreciation of the need to participate in peer review.

C10: Prepare a research project proposal that is appropriate to the student’s workplace, the study time and other research resources available, that reflects relevant ethical considerations.

C11: Developed ability to design a research project within a PDC setting for implementation.
13. The intended generic learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes:

(i). Demonstrate autonomous learning and an ability to evaluate arguments, assumptions, concepts and data. (D1)


D1: Demonstrate the capacity for autonomous learning and ability to evaluate arguments, assumptions, concepts and data to make informed` judgments.
(ii). Demonstrate the ability to frame questions, access resources and achieve solutions to a range problems. (D2)
D2: To access resources and frame appropriate questions to achieve solutions or identify a range of solutions to a dental related problem.
(iii). Demonstrate the ability to research, manage and present material using computer technology. (D6)
D6: Demonstrate the ability to research, manage and present material, data and scientific literature through word-processing, computer-based presentation and use of the internet.
14. A synopsis of the curriculum

The module will prepare the students to work on an individual project area. This module aims to develop and enhance the student’s skills and ability to understand and explore professionally related literature and prepare a dissertation proposal which has validity and applicability in the professional context of oral health care and well being within Primary Dental Care (PDC) setting.


Throughout students are encouraged to critically evaluate the worth and applicability of professionally relevant literature related to their preferred subject area and consider how this might contribute to raising the current standards of care within individual healthcare settings.
15. Indicative Reading List

Armstrong, R., Grace, J. (2000) Research Methods and Audit in General Practice. 3rd Edition.

Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Bell, J. (2005) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First Time Researchers in Education,

Health and Social Science. 4th Edition. Buckingham, Open University Press.

Brunette, D. (2007) Critical Thinking. Understanding and Evaluating Dental Research. Second

Edition. USA, Quintessence Books.

Greenhalgh, T. (2006) How to Read a Paper, the Basics of Evidence-Base Medicine. 3rd Edition.

London, Blackwell Publishing.

Martin, C., Thompson, D. (2000) Design and Analysis of Clinical Nursing Research Studies.

London, Routledge.

http://library.kent.ac.uk/skils/index.htm University of Kent on-line skills development.
Williams, AC., Bower,AJ., Newton,JT. (2004) Research In Primary Dental Care Part 3:

Designing Your Study. British Dental Journal Volume 196 No. 11 June 12 2004.

Williams, AC., Bower,AJ., Newton,JT. (2004) Research In Primary Dental Care Part 2:

Developing A Research Question. British Dental Journal Volume 196 No. 10 May 22 2004.


16. Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

The module includes 25 hours of contact teaching, plus a guided study package requiring a minimum 10 hours of student work which will be used to support the contact teaching sessions. The remaining learning will be achieved through a blend of work based learning, personal reflection and personal guided study. The total number of hours of study required will be 150 hours.



Teaching will primarily be delivered in the forms of tutor and peer led discussion and study sessions. Both tutors with specialist expertise and those actively working in the field of dentistry will deliver the theoretical input. An approximation of the division of the 150 hrs of learning are listed below:


Learning Outcomes


Delivery Methods

Guided Study Package


Lectures:


Seminars:


Tutorials:




Self Study:

Application into work based practice:



Written Assessment

12 i

X

X

X




X




X

12 ii

X

X







X




X

12iii

X

X

X




X

X

X

12iv




X

X

X

X

X

X

13i

X

X







X

X

X

13ii

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

13iii

X

X

X




X

X

X


Approximate

Number of Hours

10 hrs

18 hrs

6 hrs

1 hr

60 hrs

15 hrs

40 hrs



17. Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

The assessment comprises of three pieces of work. A pass must be gained for each piece to successfully complete the module.




Learning Outcomes


Method of Assessment

Prepare a proposal for the research project dissertation that is appropriate to Primary Dental Care. The research project dissertation will then be carried in Stage 3 of the BSc. (2000 words). (12i,ii,iii,iv,13i,ii,iii,)


The student will maintain a professional reflective journal providing a reflective commentary of 1000 words which gives evidence on the application of research theory within the PDC workplace. (12iii, 13i,iii)


The student will demonstrate evidence of self-evaluation related to participation in research or evidence based dentistry, maintaining a Personal Development Plan which supports a Personal Development Portfolio.  (12 iv,13,iii)


12 i

X







12 ii

X







12iii

X

X




12iv

X




X

13i

X

X




13ii

X







13iii

X

X

X

Credits And

% of Mark



9 credits, 60% of marks

4 credits, approximately 30% of marks

2 credits, approximately 10% of marks




                    18. Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space

This module will be taught by academic staff employed by the Division of Dentistry, based within the Centre for Work and Learning at the University of Kent. Where the references are not available electronically, access to the material will be required through the Drill Hall Library. Teaching space will be required for the delivery of this module within the University of Kent’s Medway campus.
19. A statement confirming that, as far as can be reasonably anticipated, the curriculum, learning and teaching methods and forms of assessment do not present any non- justifiable disadvantage to students with disabilities

All teaching provision will conform to the University of Kent and NHS equal opportunities statements, with no disadvantage being anticipated. Any student with a disability sufficient to prevent registration as a Dental Care Professional with the national regulatory body, the General Dental Council, would be precluded from this programme of study.



Statement by the Director of Learning and Teaching: "I confirm I have been consulted on the above module proposal and have given advice on the correct procedures and required content of module proposals"

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Director of Learning and Teaching
………………O HUTCHINSON

Print Name




.

5th May 2009..........................



Date


Statement by the Head of School: "I confirm that the School has approved the introduction of the module and, where the module is proposed by School staff, will be responsible for its resourcing"

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Head of School
…………C HULL ………………….

Print Name



5th May 2009.............................

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