|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent
Aims of Module
To provide the student with an ability to identify and utilise appropriate strategies and techniques for the purpose of individual investigations and research in professional development and practice.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Indicative Module Content
Research in a professional context, in support of planning, decision-making and policy analysis; the impact of research. Research principles (eg validity, reliability, generalisability); qualitative and quantitative approaches and rationale (eg case studies; action research; surveys; experimental and quasi-experimental design); and data collection techniques (eg questionnaire, observation and interview design). Data management, analysis, interpretation and presentation (eg data recording and preparation; the application of statistical techniques; coding, categorising and pattern seeking in qualitative data; tabulation and graphing). Research writing, publishing and dissemination.
|Research management; planning and organising a research project; identifying researchable issues; use of literature and libraries and ICT; time and task management; costing research; organising fieldwork and contacts; ethics, consent and confidentiality issues.|
Indicative Student Workload
Mode of Delivery
Lectures and talks, groupworks and seminars, practical exercises, tutorials and the preparation of a Research Proposal under supervision. For part-time distance learning students: the student is provided with a guided learning programme. The student is, accordingly, expected to take full responsibility for their own learning.
The coursework assignment will consist of a fully developed research proposal which will provide a rationale for the choice of research topic, discuss the choice and validity of data gathering tools to be adopted, outline the research schedule for completing a project and discuss the significance of the chosen topic for the discipline as a whole.