TCP8911 : Research Design

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop knowledge and skills in methods of evaluation, analysis and research that benefit planning practitioners.
To aid students in developing appropriate research strategies for their specialised study and their dissertation at postgraduate level.
To introduce students to a range of different types of research for different purposes and contexts.
To introduce students to the basic principles of commissioning research for a range of professional purposes.
To stimulate students into thinking about their dissertations early and identifying and refining a research topic.

This module prepares students to undertake research for their final dissertation and for planning policy development and practice.
It explores a range of approaches to the design and undertaking of methodologically robust research. It raises students’ awareness of the rigorous standards expected of both practice and academic research.
The module also helps students identify and refine their final dissertation topic

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the module and postgraduate and professional research standards
Thinking about problems and what interests you
Basic principles of research
Building a Literature Review
Broad methodological approaches and frameworks
Data collection methods Qualitative and Quantitative
Analysing data
Policy analysis
Information sources
Triangulation of data and evidence
Engaging with stakeholders
Presenting your research (dissertation and other conventions)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Combination of lectures and tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARC8107Researchers in sustainability: Research Methodology and Methods
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Research methods introduced in lectures and discussed in tutorials

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M100Integrated evaluation plan and research proposal (3000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Tests understanding of appropriate use and application of research methods and leads into development of dissertation /design thesis. This module must be passed before a student can progress to dissertation (TCP8099 or GTP8099).

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