Module ICL-2006:
Research Methods & Study Skill

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Overall aims and purpose

The module aims to enable students to apply a range of research skills appropriate to study of Computing. Through a practice dissertation, the module will prepare them for either further studies at Level 6 or career related research.

It will require students to demonstrate enhanced skills in academic writing and information research and to apply a range of valid research methodologies and instruments. Students will also develop an understanding of professional ethics and learn how to give consideration to the importance of ethics in research.

In addition, the module will focus upon the construction of convincing arguments through the application of valid research, analysis and evaluation.

Course content

● Research skills appropriate to the chosen discipline.

● Academic writing and information research, to include reviewing literature, critical evaluation and analysis.

● Research methodologies and instruments relevant to the chosen research area including devising and refining a research question, qualitative and quantitative research methods such as questionnaires, focus groups and interviews.

● Consideration to the notion of the importance of ethics in research, in particular the notion of ‘informed consent’ and how ethical guidelines need to be considered and thought through in relation to the whole research process.

● Possible impact of legal considerations on aspects such as the selection of research topic, the research methodology and the reporting of results.

● The construction of convincing arguments, using academic language skills including how to analyse and interpret academic literature and the presentation of work using appropriate academic language and structures.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

the student’s conceptual awareness of the theory and practice contained within the module has only generated a narrow range of ideas and analysis. The student’s responses are loosely defined in relation to the conclusions, with limited evidence of linking abstract theories to a range of specialised skills and practices. The assessment demonstrates limited personal application of academic skills and is reliant upon a narrow range of sources.

good

the student’s conceptual awareness of the theory and practice contained within the module has generated a broad range of ideas and analysis. The student’s responses are closely defined in relation to the conclusions, with some evidence of linking abstract theories to a range of specialised skills and practices. The assessment demonstrates personal application of academic skills and is based upon a varied range of sources.

excellent

the student’s conceptual awareness of the theory and practice contained within the module has generated a relevant range of ideas and analysis. The student’s responses are clearly defined in relation to the conclusions, with consistent evidence of linking abstract theories to a range of specialised skills and practices. The assessment demonstrates comprehensive personal application of academic skills and is based upon a diverse range of sources.

Learning outcomes

    1. Demonstrate enhanced skills in academic writing and information research.
    1. Apply a range of valid research methodologies and instruments.
    1. Develop an understanding of ethics and give consideration to the notion of the importance of ethics in research
    1. Apply a range of research skills appropriately within a chosen discipline.
  1. Construct convincing arguments.

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Work-based learning

20 of the 200 notional learning hours undertaken in the workplace - 20 hours theory.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support.

Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice.

20
Work-based learning

180 of the 200 notional learning hours undertaken in the workplace - 180 hours tutor/employer directed student learning.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support.

Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice.

180

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance

Resources

Reading list

Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M., 2010. How to Research. 4 th ed . Buckingham. Open University Press.

Cottrell, S., 2014. Dissertations and Project Reports: A Step by Step Guide . Basingstoke, Palgrave.

Dawson, C., 2009 Introduction to Research Methods: A practical guide for anyone undertaking a research project , Oxford, How To Books

Kumar, R., 2010. Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners . London. Sage Publications.

Swetnam, D. and Swetnam, R., 2009. Writing your Dissertation, 3 rd ed, Oxford, How To Books

Courses including this module

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