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Research Methodology (10 credit)

Introduction

To introduce the generic aspects of research methodology that are needed in order to define, implement and write-up a research project within the defence and security sector and provide an overview of some of the main research techniques that could potentially be employed. Defence and security context will be provided using relevant examples during the module.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the concepts of academically rigorous research and how it differs from “company projects”.
  2. Search for and critically review the academic literature in the field in addition to the wide range of information sources available.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to compare different research methods and/or means of collecting primary data, and make appropriate choices based on a project’s objectives and a robust academic justification.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to compare different techniques for the analysis of primary data, and make appropriate choices based on a project’s objectives and a robust academic justification.

Syllabus

  1. Introduction to module
  2. Introduction to the research process
  3. Research design
  4. Reviewing the literature
  5. Critical thinking
  6. Qualitative data analysis
  7. Quantitative data analysis
  8. Writing an academic document

Assessment

~ 3000 word PMA (80% weighting) and in-module assessment (20% weighting)

Duration

1week; including approximately 10 hours of lectures and 23 hours of excercises/case studies