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Module Title
Research Project

Creative, Cultural & Service Industries; Research; Methodology Analysis

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedApril 2015
ApprovedJuly 2015
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


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:

1. Undertake a comprehensive literature review of the topic area and produce a concise and critical evaluation of the salient aspects.
2. Demonstrate understanding of primary and/or secondary research techniques, and show application of these to collect and rigorously analyse data.
3. 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

Contact Hours

Full Time
Direct Supervision

Private Study

Private Study

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.

Assessment Plan

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.

Indicative Bibliography

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.

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