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EQ931 - Advanced Research Methods 1: Nature and Ethics of Research Inquiry (PhD variant)

  • Module code: EQ931
  • Module name: Advanced Research Methods 1: Nature and Ethics of Research Inquiry (PhD variant)
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Advanced Research Methods I, II and III are usually taken together. These three interrelated modules strengthen understanding of the interconnected layers of educational research. Each module progressively develops understanding within and between each stream of research training: the nature of research enquiry encourages analysis of the epistemological and theoretical issues underlying enquiry and their relationship to problem formulation, research design and strategy; qualitative research methods develops understanding of a range of subject-specific research strategies including discourse analysis, ethnography, action research and experimental methods; quantitative research methods develops knowledge of sampling, problems of error and bias, assessing the validity of data, as well as interpretation of results. Methodological issues and statistical techniques will be introduced through discussion of research papers and the statistical package SPSS. The importance of interconnecting qualitative and quantitative methods will be addressed in each module.

Principal learning outcomes

• To develop understanding of the epistemological issues involved in constructing educational research. • Develop understanding of the nature of theory and explanation in education. • Support formulation of research problems and questions • Appreciate the need to match research questions to appropriate research methods • Develop understanding of the strengths of using ICT in educational research • Understand the implications of relevant research methodologies and the ways they are shaped in computer mediated research. • Explore the ethical principles on which research ethics are based. Provide detailed examination of the ethical and legal dimensions of the total research process, including the skill of writing ethics approval submissions.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 study days

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Other essential notes

The module will be used as part of the PhD upgrade process from MPhil to PhD (along with an upgrade paper) a pass at Masters Level (50) will ensure that the student has understood the research requirements of the PhD. There will be three module assessments - students will be required to choose two (this being one of the three). This module will run alongside IE910 Advanced Research Methods 1: Nature and Ethics of Research Inquiry which is taken by our EdD students

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EQ931-20)
A (Assessed work only) 3500 word assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Research Education (X3X7) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Research Education (X3X7) - Year 1