Background/ Preparatory Section – BEFORE STARTING YOUR RESEARCH
As a final year student on a HND in Health and Social Care Management programme, you will need to undertake a research project related to a specific area of own interest related to the health and social care practice.
è We would like to:
- Advise you to firmly locate your research interests in established literature and practices.
- Remind that this unit constitutes an introduction to academic research
- Encourage you to start your exploration from the already known areas of knowledge, which were acquired from other units of study from Year 1, i.e. please explore the following areas of knowledge to find inspiration for your own research interest:
+ Organizational influences (Unit 25, Task 2)
+ Professional Relationships (Unit 4 LO3, WP 1.2., MHR 4.2.)
+ Team work (Unit 4 LO4)
+ Skills, development, latest trends (Unit 4, 1.3., 2.1., 2.2, HS, 2.1., 2.2. 3.3., USN 1.1. , 1.2., 2.3., 3.1., 3.2.)
è After completing this, please follow the process below:
a) Refer back to own knowledge: you can watch again the video interview you have done with Unit 25 (task 2)
b) Explore and Choose: read the following research themes in HSC (http://www.open.ac.uk/health-and-social-care/main/research/research-themes) and chose one theme that best connects to the interview that you have conducted. The themes below would have some links to established and relevant research literature, which can be used:
c) Develop this further into a Personal Research Choice: once you have chosen one of those theme attempt to read and watch all the information connected to it from the link and then decide on one narrow area of personal interest that you will like to research in this unit. Think about some research questions that you would like to find answers for.
d) Decide where to research: our advice will be that – as this is an introduction to academic research- to have a combination of:
- desk-based research (90% of your project based on this) - either as a secondary research (explore what other researcher have done on the topic) or try to research by yourself on different websites of direct relevance to your own research interest. As a suggestion, you can explore sites like the following: http://www.healthtalk.org/, where you can find patient stories (clustered on different themes) of health and illness, which can become your data for further analysis.
- Own field work (10% of your project based on this) – research in your own organisation etc.
Summary of the required tasks
Chapter 1: Research Proposal and Short Literature Review (1.1., 1.2., 1.3., 1.4., 1.5., 2.1.) – 1000-2000 words (Formative Submissions (on 10 week, end of Teaching Block A)
a) Research proposal.
b) Literature review.
Chapter 2: Research Diary (2.2., 2.3.) – around 600-800 words
Chapter 3: Analysis (3.1., 3.2., 3.3.) – around 1000 words
Chapter 4: Peer-to-Peer Viva with Transcript (4.1.) – 20-30 min video or audio plus around 500 words transcript.
- Submission of Final Work - All Chapters (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4) – week 30 (end of Teaching Block C)
Chapter 1: Research Proposal and Short Literature Review (1.1., 1.2., 1.3., 1.4., 1.5., 2.1.) – 1000-2000 words
[Research Proposal Form– which includes a section on Ethical Clearance- is being provided separately on elearning]
a) Use the Research Proposal Form for presenting your answers for 1.1., 1.2., 1.4., 1.5., and 2.1.:
- Based on the steps you have taken from the Preparatory Section above, identify the factors that you found to contribute to the process of your research project selection (1.2.)
- Following on from this, formulate and record possible research project outline specifications (1.1.). Here you need to identify at least one research question or hypothesis.
- Produce a research project specification by developing a relevant Research Methodology (1.4).
- In connection to the previous point, provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed research specification (1.5).
- Finally, you will need to match resources to the research question or the hypothesis in a way that these would be addressed in an efficient manner (2.1.).
b) Identify Relevant Literature related to your chosen topic and undertake a critical review of key references, including appropriate theories and concepts (1.3, D1).