|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent
Aims of Module
To provide students with the opportunity to undertake a piece of independent in-depth research on a topical issue relevant to the main course discipline, and apply the associated research skills including analysis, critical evaluation, reflection, problem-solving, logical argument and communication.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Undertake a comprehensive literature review of the topic area and produce a concise and critical evaluation of the salient aspects.|
||Demonstrate understanding of primary and/or secondary research techniques, and show application of these to collect and rigorously analyse data. |
||Present appropriate and relevant conclusions, reflecting on the significance and potential application of them in theory and practice.|
Indicative Module Content
Independent research focussed within the main course discipline. Presentation of information in a subject appropriate format. Advanced understanding and techniques involved in the research process including: advanced writing for research purposes, bibliographic searching, critiquing subject literature, research philosophies, revising and choosing appropriate research techniques, qualitative and quantitative techniques of data gathering and critical analysis.
|Indicative Student Workload|
Mode of Delivery
This is an applied module devoted to research within the named degree discipline. The module is delivered by a blend of core lectures supported by research workshops. In addition each student will have access to a research supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the research process.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2,3|
One piece of sustained coursework in the form of an 8,000 written research project, or equivalent practice-based research project, in a medium relevant to the research topic and course of study.
|1.||BELL, J., 2014. Doing your research project: a guide for first time researchers. 6th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. ebook|
|2.||ROZAKIS, R., 2007. Schaum's quick guide to writing great research papers. 2nd ed. London: McGraw Hill. ebook|
|3.||SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P., and THORNHILL, A. 2016. Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook|
|4.||SEKARAN, U. and BOUGIE, R., 2013. Research methods for business. 6th ed. Chichester: John Wiley.|
|5.||STOKES, J., 2013. How to do media and cultural studies. 2nd ed. London: Sage.|
|6.||VAN DER BRINK-BUDGEN, R., 2010. Critical thinking for students. 4th ed. Oxford: How To Books.|