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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module HEAS42215: Research Management and Governance

Department: Health [Queen's Campus, Stockton]

HEAS42215: Research Management and Governance

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of health research management, ethics and governance. Each session is illustrated with clinical scenarios and case studies.


  • 1. Requirements of the UK Research Governance Framework and Information Governance
  • 2. Research ethics: principles and practice
  • 3. Mental Capacity and vulnerable populations
  • 4. Developing applications in health research: validity, feasibility, viability
  • 5. Project management
  • 6. Managing difficulties and misconduct in research
  • 7. Involving consumers and carers in health research
  • 8. Requirements for auditing and monitoring research
  • 9. Publishing and disseminating research
  • 10. Principles of Good Clinical Practice and EU Directive – for GCP compliance

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understand principles and law governing health research practice in UK
  • Understand research ethics principles
  • Understand Good Clinical Practice requirements
  • Show an advanced awareness of how to effectively manage a complex research project
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Undertaking research and practice at standards required by ‘Good Clinical Practice’
  • Completing a satisfactory ethical application using current UK processes
Key Skills:
  • Effective involvement of consumers and carers in health research at all stages from design to dissemination
  • Professionalism and ethical awareness in discussion of research conduct dilemmas
  • Manage research, both independently and in a team

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures with essential knowledge on research governance requirements, including ethical practice
  • Structured reading with self-paced materials which deepen learning
  • Interactive seminars enabling students to learn in dialogue with active leading researchers, developing the ability to critically discuss problems and dilemmas in research practice.
  • Workbook assignment including the development of an ethics application and reflection on consumer and carer involvement
  • Essay assignment assessing project management skills and the ability to present a coherent plan for conducting a research project to completion

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lecture 10 weekly 1 hour 10
Seminar 10 weekly 1 hour 10
Structured reading 10 weekly 2 hours 20
Independent study Student-determined Student-determined 110
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 1 1500 words 50% Assignment
Assignment 2 1500 words 50% Assignment

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on practical exercises within sessions

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University