Work-based Research Project Proposal
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides you with an opportunity to propose a research project within the context of your workplace. A work-based research dissertation requires you to identify a gap, problem, or issue within your workplace, design an intervention, implement the intervention, and then evaluate the outcomes. In this module, you will engage in the identification and design phases of the project to create a proposal for your final dissertation. In order to be successful in your project, you will need to take into consideration the needs of your employer, clients/patients, and other stakeholders while working closely with your academic supervisor to ensure the scientific rigour of your intervention and evaluation. You will also need to demonstrate a real-world understanding of practical and ethical constraints, including budgetary, political, strategic, and social issues.
Small group seminars will provide you with an opportunity to share and explore research ideas and learn more about the research project process. You will also have regular tutorials with your research supervisor to support you in the development of your proposal.
A* to A- • Insightful awareness into how to design and implement research project • Comprehensive knowledge of action research • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Extensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
C+ to C- • Limited insight into how to design and implement a research project • Some knowledge of action research • Understanding of the main concepts, but with factual errors in non-core concepts • Limited analysis showing only obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Highly limited originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Highly limited evidence of independent research • Arguments presented but lack coherence with evidence for only some claims • Focused but with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style
B+ to B- • Some insight into how to design and implement a research project • Strong knowledge of action research • Clear understanding and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Some independent research • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Good presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
Demonstrate leadership and management change skills by designing a research project to inform organisational and system improvement.
Generate an original research proposal with a critical understanding of how data can be gathered and analysed.
Apply a model of work-based inquiry to address real-world problem within their own organisation.
Proposal outlining the intended empirical work-based research project to be completed for the final dissertation. Students will submit formative plans for the proposal throughout the semester to ensure ongoing work towards the final submission.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Individual meetings with research supervisor to guide the development of the research proposal. Meetings may occur live on-campus or via remote contact (e.g. videocall).
1hr weekly seminar for 11 weeks Seminars may be delivered live on-campus or online.
83hrs of independent study to complete associated readings, engage with employer and other relevant stake-holders, and produce research report
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- Demonstrate research-informed leadership and management change skills
- Critically interpret data to draw conclusions for organisational and system improvement
- Identify a gap in the research in relation to an organisational need
- Propose a time-constrained viable and ethical research project within the context of an organisation
Resource implications for students
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ila-4004.html
American Psychological Association (APA). (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. APA. Costley, C., Elliott, G. C., & Gibbs, P. (2010). Doing work based research: Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. Sage. Bourne, V. (2017). Starting Out in Methods and Statistics for Psychology: A Hands-on Guide to Doing Research. Oxford University Press. Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. (2007). The SAGE handbook of action research: Participative inquiry and practice. SAGE.