EDU8095 : Research Strategies and Methods

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading103:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work15:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time51:005:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught using 2 hour interactive sessions. Usually this involves a series of mini-lectures interspersed with various learning activities. The learning activities for this module will include: questionnaire design, observation, group discussion, computer-aided data analysis, interview schedule design, etc. 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 material, along with the directed tasks, enable assignment work to be planned and developed.

Assessment Methods

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