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Title: Research Methods

Research Methods
  • Introduction to the Unit

Research Methods
  • 10 Credit Point
  • M Level
  • Dr Keith Jones
  • Core Unit for all the MSc Pathways

Introduction Rationale
  • The unit is designed to introduce students to a
    range of research methodologies and techniques of
    data collection and presentation that may be used
    to explore a given research topic.
  • It is an essential unit for a student to complete
    in order to write a dissertation.

  • To introduce a range of research methods and to
    examine their use, advantages and disadvantages.
  • To equip students with sufficient expertise to
    adopt and use an appropriate research strategy to
    approach their dissertation.
  • To study the techniques necessary for collecting
    presenting, synthesising and analysing data in
    order to test a research hypothesis.

Learning Outcomes
  • To recognise the use, advantages and
    disadvantages of different research methodologies
    as a means of solving a research hypothesis
  • Be able to develop a research proposal, suitable
    methodology and programme of work to enable
    initiation of their dissertation.

Teaching Learning
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Indicative Content
  • Introduction to research
  • Background
  • Topics for study
  • Execution of research
  • Hypotheses
  • Data collection/analysis
  • Reporting
  • Results, inferences, conclusions
  • Reports and presentations

Indicative Reading
Bell, J. Doing your Research Project. A Guide
for First-Time Researchers in Education and
Social Science., London, Oxford University
Press (1987) Creswell, J Research Design
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods
Approaches, Sage, (2003).
Indicative Reading
Greenfield, T. Research Methods Guidance for
Postgraduates, Arnold (1996) Fellows, R liu,
A Research Methods for Construction 2nd
Edition, Blackwell, (2003).
Unit Programme
Time 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00
19/04/2005 Introduction (M055) Identifying a topic (M055) Brainstorming Lunch Reviewing literature (M055) Potential Sources Aims, Objectives, Hypotheses (M140)
26/04/2005 Student Presentations - Outline Proposal Student Presentations - Outline Proposal Research Methodology (U025) Lunch Research Methodology (U025) Research Methodology (U025) Examples of Previous Projects
17/05/2005 Student Presentations - Draft Proposals Student Presentations - Draft Proposals Data Analysis (M140) Lunch Results, Conclusions (M140) Open Tutorials Open Tutorials
24/05/2005 Final Presentation Assessment Final Presentation Assessment Final Presentation Assessment Lunch Initial meetings with dissertation tutors Initial meetings with dissertation tutors Initial meetings with dissertation tutors
  • Each student will
  • be allocated a research methods tutor
  • Prof Isaac
  • Dr Kaluarachchi
  • Dr Coffey
  • Ms Fantie
  • Mr J Watson
  • Dr Jones.
  • See handout for your groups.

  • During meetings with the tutor students will be
    able to
  • discuss aspects of research
  • prepare for submission of your assignment
  • review possible dissertation projects.

Coursework schedule
  • The unit is assessed via ONE piece of coursework
  • Research proposal.
  • See Handout.
  • The assignment will be assessed during a private
    meeting between you and your tutor on the MORNING
    of WEDNESDAY 24th MAY.

Coursework schedule
  • Please note late submission of work will be
    penalised and in extreme cases the work may not
    be accepted.
  • If you experience any difficulties during the
    unit please let me know.