PROJ07042 2020 Health Data Project

General Details

Full Title
Health Data Project
Transcript Title
Health Data Project
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Subject Area
PROJ - Project
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science

This module is intended to enable students to engage in an independent research project where they utilise the skills and competencies that they have acquired during their degree programme to research an area in relation to Health and Medical Information Sciences. Students will be given a fundamental insight into research methods and gain experience in the practical application of these skills. This module is intended to enable students to present primary and/or secondary data collected and analysed in relation to any aspect of Health and Medical Information Sciences.  Students will utilise data analysis skills and competencies they have acquired to report research findings in accordance with established academic practice.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate the ability to critically review the literature in the area of the research topic


Plan and implement methodologies to collect, collate and analyse relevant data where appropriate


Interpret findings, discuss results with reference to the literature and identify key recommendations as a result of the research conducted


Source, interpret, critically review and apply appropriate and referenced literature from area of investigation


Present, promote and communicate the research project in a variety of forms.


Demonstrate the ability to manage supervisor feedback, timelines and deliverables

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be expected to take responsibility for their own learning of their specific research topic under the direction and guidance of their project supervisor.

This will include a weekly contact with your project supervisor.

A Research Guideline Document will be made available as a resource and Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (uploading your final project copy).  Academic supports for Maths, data analysis and academic writing will be made available throughout the project, including online moodle support pages in each of these areas.

Module Assessment Strategies

This assessment strategy for this module is designed to focus students on the production of a research paper and a poster/oral presentation of their research findings.

The project is assessed in a number of ways:

Continuous assessment ‑ this is carried out by the project supervisor and relates to the manner in which the student plans, organises and manages their own time and data collection.

Written report ‑ the written report is assessed by the project supervisor and a second academic. This assessment evaluates the students ability to accurately record, interpret, evaluate and draw conclusions from their findings. This also gives the assessors an insight into the students understanding of the research area and the students ability to source literature, evaluate and interpret this literature and to place their own findings in context.

Dissemination ‑ This presentation allows the student to demonstrate their ability to communicate their research findings in poster/oral form.

Repeat Assessments

Where the student fails to achieve the pass mark in the module, they may be asked to  to revise and resubmit the written report.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • Establish a research framework within the allocated time frame.
  • Source, review and evaluate relevant literature in relation to the topic being investigated.
  • Develop research methodologies and practices. 
  • Conduct primary research in a scientific/health setting
  • Analyse and interpret data collected using statistical methods.
  • Present a research paper of the project to include the relevant sections as laid down in the research guidelines issued by the research co-ordinator within the programme.
  • Display, defend and critically appraise the project during an online poster presentation/oral presentation 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final research project paper submission Project Individual Project 70 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Poster presentation of final research project Project Individual Project 10 % End of Semester 5
3 Oral Viva Project Interview 10 % End of Semester 1,5
4 Continuous assessment of progress/self direction Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Online Meeting with supervisor 0.66 Weekly 0.66
Independent Learning Online Self-directed learning 12 Weekly 12.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.66 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012-04-04 Statistics for the Health Sciences SAGE Publications
ISBN 9781849203364 ISBN-13 1849203369

This is a highly accessible textbook on understanding statistics for the health sciences, both conceptually and via SPSS. The authors give clear explanations of the concepts underlying statistical analyzes and descriptions of how these analyzes are applied in health sciences research without complex statistical formulae. The book takes students from the basics of research design, hypothesis testing, and descriptive statistical techniques through to more advanced inferential statistical tests that health sciences students are likely to encounter. Exercises and tips throughout the book allow students to practice using SPSS.

Required Reading
2019-05-11 Researching Health
ISBN 1526424290 ISBN-13 9781526424297

Saks and Allsops Researching Health offers a comprehensive introduction to research methods for healthcare students. The new third edition includes important theoretical updates, and further international content, with contributors covering a number of specialisms and providing perspectives on core topics from Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, and Spain. There are also 6 new chapters: Principles of Health Research Methods of Sampling in Qualitative Health Research Qualitative Data Analysis Using secondary data in health research Online research in health Evaluating health research The book is supported by case studies, end-of-chapter exercises, annotated further reading, and access to online resources for both students and lecturers, consisting of SAGE journal articles, web links, PowerPoint slides, and Teaching notes for each chapter.

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Additional Information

The total 10 credits for this module will be awarded in semester 6. Student allocation to Project Supervisors will take place at the start of Semester 6. The co-ordination hour for this requires to be allocated at the start of semester 5.