Postgraduate

EDU8095 : Research Strategies and Methods

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To further develop student knowledge and appreciation of the complexities and skills required to critically evaluate, interpret, and successfully undertake research. To provide a deeper understanding of, and the facility to, actively use varied research designs and methods. This module explores the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods and explores the basic design principles of instruments that address particular research problems or questions. The module also enables students to apply these basic design principles and concepts to a potential or actual proposal for their thesis/dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Surveys and sampling
•       Questionnaires
•       Interviews
•       Ethnography & Experiments
•       Observation
•       What is research?
•       Methodology: design, strategy and methods Validity, reliability and replication Case study
strategy Interviews and Focus Group Survey and questionnaires Ethnography and observation
•       Using these methods in practice
•       Quantitative data
•       Qualitative data
•       Evaluating research

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials84:3036:00Before and between timetabled sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading63:0018:00To source articles for critique (Assignment Part 1)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities82:1518:00Before and between timetabled sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Present in person - timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Synchronous online - timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:304:30Present in person - timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous online - timetabled
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity52:3012:30Preparing group presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Offered in Week 9 or buffer week. Present in person – timetabled
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study97:3067:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Offered in Week 9 or buffer week. Synchronous online contact time
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:301:30Present in person - timetabled
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught using 2 hour interactive sessions, supported by directed learning in the students’ own time. The synchronous session involves lecturer talk interspersed with various learning activities. The learning activities for this module will include: critical reading of research, group discussion, research design, computer-aided and other data analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, research planning and ethics. Implicit in the design of each session, is an attempt to engender a deep and active approach to learning, but also to develop both subject knowledge and key skills. The lecture replacement material, along with the directed tasks, enable assignment work to be planned and developed.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M1004,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignment One consists of two parts

Part One:
To write a critique of two research articles of the student's choice; to include reflection on possible relevance of said articles for student's own research.

Part Two:
To write a research proposal, upon which the dissertation can be based.

Reading Lists

Timetable