HLTH06043 2020 Essential Skills in Health Science

General Details

Full Title
Essential Skills in Health Science
Transcript Title
Essential Skills in Health Sci
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Richeal Burns
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science SG_SINFO_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Medical Information Science

The aim of this module is to provide the student with essential skills that will underpin core areas of health information science.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


To become competent in the various forms of scientific communication in health 


To understand mathematical applications in relation to health science, and associated software and statistical applications


To become familiar with the sourcing and interpreting of evidence-based information


Describe and numerically summarise quantitative data using appropriate descriptive statistics

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning for this module will be carried out through a combination of online lectures, computer based critical appraisal and online practical's. Blended learning approaches will be adapted consistent with digital learning paradigms. 

Online delivery of 2 lectures per week with self directed learning. Guidance provided on relevant areas for self directed learning.

Online delivery of 2 hour workshop weekly, where students will be directed to complete interactive type activities to enhance their study skills and knowledge.

Question and answer sessions provided in the live classroom.

A variety of methods of instruction such as discussion, group work, interactive exercises, use of online resources and/or use of audio/visual material will be provided. Core skills will be embedded into all modules to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. This may include academic writing, oral presentations, reading techniques or research abilities. Accessible materials will be provided to students, including slides, documents, audio/visual material and textbooks enabling students slow down speed up recordings etc in accordance with universal distance learning.

All module content will be based on the principles of UDL to ensure equitable access to content and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by continuous assessment (100%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will follow a similar format as applicable.

Indicative Syllabus

Mathematical applications in health science; Interpreting figures and tables presented in scientific articles in health; How the hierarchy of evidence and study design contributes to different levels of evidence in health research; Evidence searching skills; Referencing using Endnote; Communication skills; Introduction to basis statistics including graphical representation of data i.e. frequency tables and charts, measures of central tendency, position and dispersion.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 CA1: Critical appraisal of literature Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 5 1,3,4
2 CA2: Literature review Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 10 1,3
3 CA3: Online computer-based test Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 13 1,2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Online Computer-based Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Other Resources

A range of online sources and applications will be used to delivery this module.