Course Module and Synopsis
Clinical Research – Theory
This module relates to the theoretical principles that influence clinical research and the design of clinical research/trials. This will provide you with a sound understanding of how the design of research/clinical trials can underpin the development of research. The module includes an exploration of research paradigms and research design; phases of clinical trials; statistics in clinical research; theories and principles of ethics; investigation of ethics in research; exploration of key characteristics of quantitative research and critical appraisal of evidence.
Clinical Research – Legislation and Regulation
This module will explore the regulatory and legislative infrastructure that effects and influences clinical research. International and National examples will be used to explore how this area can directly impact of design, conduct and reporting of clinical research. The module includes and exploration of International/Singaporean Good Clinical Practice; EU Clinical Trials Directive; Research Governance; Regulatory authorities; Ethics Committees/Institutional Review Boards; local approval and inspections/audits.
Clinical Research – Practice
This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to interpret the practical aspects of the professional roles in clinical research and to apply this knowledge to enhance your ability to improve your practice. Content delivered to students face to face in this module includes:
Critical reflection; monitoring and audit of clinical trials; local trial responsibilities; standard operating procedures; ethical and managerial approval; data management; informed consent; drug accountability; communications skills and exploration of issues related to professional roles in clinical research.
In addition to these modules you will also undertake a work-based learning module, a Research methods module, an option module and, finally, a dissertation relating to Clinical Research.
Research Approaches in Health and Social Care
On this module you will learn to critically explore research evidence and be able to synthesize, integrate and apply knowledge relating to the research process. It will be important to evaluate research methods that are relevant to health and social care practitioners and service users through the use of real-life examples from local, national and international researchers. This module will enable you develop your knowledge and skills to communicate research with colleagues, patients and families. By promoting evidence-based research this module will encourage working to high professional standard, providing shared governance and accountability of clinical practice.
Work Based Learning
This module is designed to stimulated professional development; enhance clinical judgement, and encourage critical reflective practice underpinned by your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning, which occurs as a result of the individual engaging in experiences and activities related to clinical trials, is critically analysed, evaluated and recorded to demonstrate professional development. In this module you will be required to negotiate, with your line manager, a learning agreement equivalent to 400 hours of study.
In this module you will learn how to conduct and extended literature review and critique on a topic of your choice which is relevant to your degree outcome. The topic you chose is identified from the work that you do in the Research Methods module completed before this module begins. In the process you will also learn how to develop a search strategy for conducting and effective literature review and critique and to write about the implications of what you find for future theory and practice.
Clinical Governance and improvement Practice*
This module will facilitate your understanding of the need for the development of clinical governance as a framework for improving the safety and quality of healthcare in Singapore and internationally. This module introduces you to the key concerts embedded in clinical governance and improvement practice. You will explore relevant policies and models related to clinical governance as well as differentiating between evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness.
Contemporary Ethical and Professional Issues in Healthcare*
The module is ideal if you are interested in ethical, professional and legal issues in healthcare. Internet access is required to access module materials, participate in online discussions about contemporary issues in healthcare and communicate with other students and the module team. You will be encouraged to use materials relevant to your own area of practice (national and/or international) in development of the module assessment (portfolio), in which you will explore and analyse a self-selected ethical, professional and/or legal issue relevant to healthcare.
Leadership and Finance for Effective Service Delivery*
In this module you will learn about the role of a leader and the contextual approach to effective leadership. You will, critically examine leadership theories in the context of different countries, companies and situations. In particular you will learn to prepare, understand, interpret and analyse internal and external information for investment appraisal.
*Choose either one