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Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Module titleClinical Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Module codePYCM098
Academic year2020/1
Credits40
Module staff

Dr Raluca Topciu (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

10

10

10

Number students taking module (anticipated)

15

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The development and delivery of effective psychological treatments requires the practical application of clinical research and evaluation using a range of methodological and statistical approaches. In this module you will gain advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in employing the range of research methodologies required to establish a sound evidence for practice. This includes awareness of psychometric theory and established criteria/standards of evaluating outcomes (e.g., reliable change index, standard deviations, recovery) and ability to utilise these concepts to evaluate clinical practice within the target population. The majority of the module is delivered across three terms by an online computer assisted learning package, supplemented by practical exercises to extend statistical knowledge and seminars to discuss relevant topics. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide you with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills related to methodologies and statistics used in clinical research aimed at developing and evaluating effective treatments and psychological interventions. This module equips you to become a critical consumer of applied psychological research and contribute to your development as a scientist practitioner.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Implement evaluations of practice through the monitoring of processes and outcomes, across multiple dimensions of functioning, in relation to recovery, values and goals and as informed by service user experiences as well as outcome indicators (such as behaviour change and change on standardised psychometric instruments).
  • 2. Demonstrate awareness of psychometric theory and established criteria/standards of evaluating outcomes (e.g., reliable change index, standard deviations, recovery) and utilise these concepts to evaluate clinical practice within the target population.
  • 3. Design and conduct applied psychological research within clinical services (e.g., service-evaluation, audit, small N design) either individually under supervision or as part of a research team
  • 4. Use a range of standard and specialised research instruments/techniques either individually under supervision or as part of a research team.
  • 5. Disseminate research in appropriate formats (e.g., presentation, service report, research publication).
  • 6. Follow ethical and governance procedures in research.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Engage service users from the target population and gain their perspectives on practice in both individual (e.g., intervention outcomes) and organisational (e.g., audits, service evaluations, acceptability of intervention, perceptions of recovery) performance.
  • 8. Undertake a literature review of research and theory relevant to knowledge and skill sets for common presentations or problem areas.
  • 9. Critically appraise published research.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Reflect on experiences and evaluate applied practice as well as learn from these experiences as part of ongoing development as a practitioner.
  • 11. Evidence skills in creating and managing databases.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Paradigms and principles of clinical research
  • Critical appraisal and APA style reports
  • Narrative literature reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Research topics, questions, hypotheses and designs
  • Psychological measurement/Psychometrics: Basic concepts and test construction
  • Descriptive statistics. Statistics for psychological measurement
  • Characteristics of psychological measures. Best practice in measurement
  • Selecting research participants. Service users engagement in clinical research
  • Research workshop – PBL consultations
  • Ethical considerations in clinical research
  • Research strategy and validity
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Small N designs. Single case and case series methods
  • Effect size and power analysis. Clinical versus statistical significance
  • T-test analysis
  • Correlation analysis
  • Regression analysis
  • Research workshop – individual proposal consultations

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
603400

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching60Class-based activities (didactic and skills-based teaching)
Guided independent study24Group Problem-Based Learning task
Guided independent study241Recommended reading and study
Guided independent study75Engagment with web-based, interactive, learning materials

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical appraisal of a research paper1000 words5, 9, 10Peer written
Group problem-based learning presentation40 minutes1-11Peer written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Clinical research or evaluation report based on the PBL task (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)503000 words1-11 Written
Clinical research or evaluation proposal for an independent project (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)503000 words1-10Written

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Clinical research or evaluation report (PBL)Clinical research or evaluation report (PBL)1-11 Four weeks after feedback
Clinical research or evaluation proposal (independent)Clinical research or evaluation proposal (independent)1- 10Four weeks after feedback

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. In all cases re-assessment will be the same as the original assessment. Where you have been referred/deferred for any form of assessment detailed above you will have the opportunity to retake within four weeks from the date that feedback was provided.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of deferral, your re-assessment will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment and the overall module mark will not be capped.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), the overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

If you fail re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), you will be failed in the module and as a consequence you will be failed in the programme and your registration as a student of the University will be terminated.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bowling, A. (2009). Research methods in health: Investigating health and health services. Open University Press.
  • Gravetter, F. J., & Forzano, L. A. B. (2018). Research methods for the behavioral sciences. Cengage Learning.
  • Gravetter, F. J., Wallnau, L. B., Forzano, L. A. B., & Witnauer, J. E. (2020). Essentials of statistics for the behavioral sciences. Cengage Learning.
  • Kaplan, R. M., & Saccuzzo, D. P. (2017). Psychological testing: Principles, applications, and issues. Nelson Education.
  • Kazdin, A. E. (2016). Research design in clinical psychology. Pearson.
  • Morley, S. (2017). Single case methods in clinical psychology: A practical guide. Routledge.
  • Walker, D. M. (2014). An introduction to health services research: A practical guide. Sage.
  • Tabachnick, B. G., Fidell, L. S., & Ullman, J. B. (2007). Using multivariate statistics. Pearson.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Clinical, psychology, evidence-based, research, evaluation

Credit value40
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

08/08/2018

Last revision date

19/10/2020