10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: HCS108

Aims/Description: This unit is designed to give students a more detailed appreciation for topics introduced in Research Methods 1 and to customise topics particularly relevant for students as consumers of and participants in human communication sciences research. Lectures will cover behavioural observation and quantitative methods. Topics will include: (1) research questions and hypotheses; (2) the role of the primary literature in communicating scientific theory and practice; (3) human subjects in research and research ethics; (4) the basis of research design and prevention of confounds; and (5) deriving meaning from data analysis. The specific aim of this module is to enable students to develop and practice basic research skills such as computerised and internet-based literature review, formulating hypotheses, simple study design, behavioural observation, basic data analysis (introduction to qualititative and quantitative statistics) and reporting. The role of evidence-based practice in speech therapy will be developed further and research methods sessions will be integrally linked with material taught in the Clinical and Professional Skills curriculum track to continue emphasis on transferable skills between research and clinical practice.

Restrictions on availability: SPEU01

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Notes: BMedSci (Speech) SPEU01.

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