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E-learning virtual campus

The CiREM campus offers a series of free standing modules which, when grouped together, form a structured course.

Modules: choose the most appropriate direction of study

  1. Develop and Refine a Research Question - how to choose a research topic, develop and define a research question and set aims and objectives. (£90, further info)
  2. Search the Literature - how to carry out a comprehensive literature search using relevant online facilities. (£120, further info)
  3. Critically Evaluate the Literature - an introduction to the process of critical evaluation of published original research papers and the preparation of a critical literature review. (£120, further info)
  4. Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research, and Research Design Issues - the definition and goals of qualitative and quantitative research, types of study design and their advantages and limitations. (£120, further info)
  5. Statistics in the Research Process - the statistical issues that are relevant when designing a study. (£120, further info)
  6. Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes - definitions of the terms used, and the main methods of evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost–utility analysis and cost-benefit analysis. (£120, further info)
  7. Questionnaire Design and Survey Methods - the basic principles of questionnaire design, how to design a survey, the advantages and disadvantages of mailing questionnaires and interviews, and techniques for increasing response rates. (£180, further info)
  8. An Introduction to Interviewing - a comprehensive introduction to the process of interviewing, including the strengths and weaknesses of the approach, the types of interviews that can be conducted and many of the practicalities involved in conducting research interviews. (£180, further info)
  9. Ethics, Data Management and Research Governance - ethical issues in research, research governance, data collection, properties of data, and legal requirements of the Data Protection Act. (£120, further info)
  10. Statistics Issues in Data Analysis 1 - probability and distribution, objectives of inference, standard error and standard deviation, confidence intervals. (£180, further info)
  11. Statistics Issues in Data Analysis 2 - hypothesis tests, type I and type II errors, power and sample size. (£180, further info)
  12. Prepare a Research Protocol and Conduct a Pilot Study - guidance for writing a research protocol and conducting a pilot study. (£120, further info)
  13. Introduction and Background to Survey Methods in Human Research - course outline and overview, objectives, learning outcomes and glossary of terms. (coming soon)
  14. Modules 1, 2 and 3 - it is recommended that Modules 1, 2 and 3 are taken together. (£240, further info)

Sample Module: introduction to Modules and Courses


  1. Health Research Skills - modules 1 to 12
  2. Survey Methods in Human Research - modules 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13

Aims of CIREM courses
The courses developed by CIREM are designed to provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills so they can carry out health-related research within their area of interest. CiREM e-learning virtual campus extends the opportunity to learn to a wider audience, whilst retaining the quality of course material. Study using online facilities is particularly useful for those who are in full-time employment or who work a shift system, such as staff in the health care professions providing a flexible and supportive learning environment.

Structure of the courses
The CIREM courses comprise course modules (ie sections), most of which contain worked exercises or other tasks to help students practise their new skills. These tasks also include further reading of background literature, or the extension of a particular line of enquiry.

Method of study and study materials
The CIREM courses are largely self-taught. During the course, students use the comprehensive course material that is available online. Much of the additional reading material that is recommended is available online. Easy access to the Internet is, therefore, essential for completion of the course. Students can refer to the course manual, which contains an overview of the course content, contact details for the CIREM administration and other relevant information. Support is available from a resident tutor, who will take responsibility for giving advice and information throughout the course. The tutor can also provide detailed guidance on the preparation of the course assignment, if applicable. Tutors can be contacted by e-mail or telephone, and one-to-one or small group meetings can be arranged. Also, students gain support from other students who are taking the course, by e-mail, web-based discussion groups or small group meetings.

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