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Project and Dissertation (ICM7099)

Module convener:           

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk

The overall aim of this module, building on the Research Methods module is for the student to undertake research that shows originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret new information in a specialism of healthcare science.

The student will undertake an original piece of research involving the application of scientific investigation to one or more clinical situations.


Aims of the module.

The module aims to provide:

  • An understanding of ethical issues with regards to clinical research.
  • An introduction to grant proposal writing.
  • Experience of practical scientific research.
  • Develop organisational skills such as time management and record keeping.
  • Experience of presenting scientific research as a written document and at a seminar

At the end of this module students will have a knowledge and understanding of:

  • The critical evaluation of the scientific and ethical principles underpinning research.
  • understand the scientific basis and techniques required to add to current knowledge in a chosen area of Infection Sciences
  • At the end of this module students will have intellectual skills which will enable them to:
  • Critically evaluate the principles and practice of evidence based medicine.
  • Explain the use and limitations of reference manager systems.
  • Appraise the process leading to publication of a research paper.
  • Demonstrate the importance of multidisciplinary working in the design, delivery and optimisation of improved laboratory medicine services

At the end of this module students will have the following transferable skills and will be able to:

  • Explain and critically evaluate individual research publications according to evidence based medicine criteria
  • Critically evaluate, analyse and summarise current research and advanced scholarship in the specialism and draw justified conclusions from the evidence.
  • Recognise the importance of innovation in healthcare science
  • Develop and propose a hypothesis.
  • Critically evaluate and draw conclusions about the quality of relevant research publications.
  • Communicate knowledge or arguments from the research project both orally and in writing including presentation at a workplace based meeting
  • Contribute to and take an active part in the performance of a clinical audit that involves completion of the audit cycle

At the end of this module students will have the following practical skills and will be able to:

  • Undertake a research project to test the hypothesis from conception to completion
  • Confirm the necessary ethical, audit and/or Research and Development (R&D) approval
  • Assemble a body of data and analyse the data using appropriate statistical techniques
  • Prepare a written project report that analyses the findings and identifies strengths and weaknesses of the research project.

Students are expected to develop a strong basic background from text books but this must be supplemented by research in current scientific literature.


Dytham: Choosing and using statistics: A biologists guide Wiley-Blackwell 2010

Harris and Tatlor: Medical and health statistics made easy Jones and Bartlett 2009

Bjorn: How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper Camnbridge Press 2010

Katz: From research to manuscript: A guide to Scientific Writing Springer 2009

Greenhaugh: How to read a paper: the basis of evidence based medicine Wiley Blackwell 2011

Evans: et al: Testing Treatments, better research for better healthcare Printer and Martin 2011.

Project submission

Type of assessment: Dissertation
Duration: 10,000 words
Percentage weighting in module: 90%

Oral Presentation

Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 15 minutes
Percentage weighting in module: 10%

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