This module provides coverage of main approaches to qualitative research. Qualitative analysis will be taught via a practical/conceptual, rather than a theoretical approach. Instruction is given in the use of performing qualitative analyses. The objective of this approach is to ensure competency in the understanding of the uses of qualitative analysis, and the main strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The course will lead to the ability to perform analysis, and enable interpretation of such analyses.
Statistical and Research Methods
This module provides a comprehensive overview of the statistical methods and research designs used in applied clinical and health psychology. The module examines the parameters of ethical research practice and introduces students to the key concepts and a limited number of qualitative methods commonly used in applied psychology.
Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science
This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body and how it is affected by disease, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.
Fundamentals of Community Practice
Following a community nursing review commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006) it was recommended that a more flexible, modular framework for the development of community nursing be made available across Wales, hence the development of this All Wales module. The module will frontload the Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in community nursing and can be used to AP(E)L against the SPQ. The module can also be delivered as a standalone module that will continue to be funded by WAG and will run for 15 weeks (theory and practice). A flexible approach will be used to deliver the module with some sessions being provided through blackboard.
There are four themes incorporated in the module where each theme has a theoretical and clinical outcome.
The themes are:
Community as the Context of Care,
Professional Role and Accountability,
Clinical Practice in the community,
The Family (sociological and psychological perspectives).
Each student will be supported by a sign off mentor or Community Practice Teacher (CPT) in a practice setting that has undergone an educational audit. The CPT / sign-off mentor will assess the student¿s competency to practice.
Foundations in Research
The purpose of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methodological approaches to sound applied research. The module will be delivered in a systematic approach facilitating individual and group learning, and will stimulate the development of research skills that will enable learners to apply them in their work environment and contribute to strengthening the notion and implementation of evidence based practice.
The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
Students will be enabled to consider the social aspects of long term and chronic illness to gain understanding of the effects on the individual and society. The module will provide an opportunity to learn about the lived experiences of people, throughout the life course, whose lives are affected by long term and chronic illness. Consideration will be given also to the study of carers¿ experiences, examining their role and how their needs may be met. The module will focus on aspects of long term and chronic condition management that are overlooked in bio-medical approaches by examining in detail how people make sense of and cope with long term and chronic illness. It will also encourage practitioners to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients with long term and chronic conditions and their carers within its strategic framework.
Introduction to Research and Study Skills
This module aims to provide students with the necessary generic skills to undertake research successfully, including organisation and time management skills, handling relationships with supervisors and research personnel (informants, gatekeepers etc), use of bibliographic sources, conduct of literature searches, use of internet, communicating research results, making oral presentations and writing for different audiences and purposes.
Dissertation (Social Research)
This dissertation module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake an extensive piece of academic writing based on an original piece of research conducted by the student. The dissertation is a medium to demonstrate the student¿s understanding of the processes of social research as applied to their own discipline.
Introduction to Research, Evidence based Practice and Reflection for Physicians Associates
This module will be a compulsory module within the MSc / Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Physician¿s Associate Studies and reflects compulsory curriculum content.
The module aims to introduce students to the main research paradigms including the principles of research, and the ability to appraise research to provide an evidence base for their personal practice. Students will also be introduced to reflective practice and its value in enabling reflection on clinical learning and the development of clinical competence.
Research & Development in SCPHN Practice
This core module builds on students' previous knowledge of research and aims to expand their knowledge and understanding of the research process to include an appreciation of how practice and research are interrelated and its application to SCHPN practice. There is an emphasis on 'action learning' approaches - which means that students are encouraged to read, notice and reflect on their practice and knowledge development and share their progress/difficulties in an educative, supportive and challenging arena (with other students and teachers).
The focus of this module is `research appreciation'. The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills learned whilst developing their own personal and professional practice. In order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice, which is essential to a practice discipline, students will be placed in concurrent practice.
Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
This module will build on knowledge gained at level 4 to develop a more in depth understanding of the role of psychology in health and illness.
Applied Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
This module examines the practical application of psychology to health, illness and medicine.
Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
Within the area of chronic condition management, the new discipline of health psychology is becoming an integral component. This module will introduce the principle concepts of health psychology, its research basis, and explore how it can be effectively incorporated into promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, as well as the current health care system to inform policy.
Chronic Pain Management
The experience of chronic pain has a major impact upon a person¿s quality of life and it can often limit their level of physical functioning. Therefore, it is important to have effective strategies and treatment options available to decide the best method of clinical intervention. There are two main approaches to chronic pain management ¿ pharmacological and non-pharmacological (i.e. electrotherapy, massage, acupuncture, etc). This module will examine each option in terms of its evidence base and clinical application.
Research Methods and Skills
The ability to critically appraise literature, evaluate research, and conduct research studies is fundamental to developing the field of sport ethics and integrity. This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of research methods and skills and to apply this knowledge to answer research questions pertinent to the field.