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EQ201 - Research Methods

  • Module code: EQ201
  • Module name: Research Methods
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

1) Understanding the process of formulation of research questions and hypotheses; 2) Consideration about the theoretical paradigms and methodological underpinnings that inform the development of the research design; 3) Appreciation of the need to match the research questions to appropriate research methodologies; 4) Justification for employing quantitative/qualitative research methods, recognising their strengths and limitations in education; 5) Development of instruments for qualitative and quantitative data collection (eg, questionnaires; interview schedules, observation schedules); 6) Develop research, analytical and methodological and ICT skills cognisant with the wider degree and appropriate to the discipline

Principal learning outcomes

1) Describe and apply theoretical and methodological understandings underpinning research and key issues regarding research design 2) Research skills appropriate to the discipline: quantitative, qualitative and library based, written and oral communication, textual analysis as and where appropriate. 3) ICT Presentational and research skills 4) Analyse and articulate key theoretical concepts relating to the process of conducting research, the nature of knowledge and ethical and legal issues involved in researching in an education field 5) Develop research skills and methods appropriate to conducting qualitative and quantitative research; 6) Synthesise, interrogate and analyse issues related to research as a method of inquiry. 7) Appropriate this knowledge and understanding to formulating research questions and developing research designs. 8) Recognise the advantages and disadvantages of certain methods for data collection and analyses

Timetabled teaching activities

Four hours a week in Autumn Term, 2 hours a week in Spring Term

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EQ201-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 60%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 40%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Education Studies (X35B) - Year 2
Optional Core