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EQ933 - Advanced Research Methods 3: Quantitative Methodology (PhD variant)

  • Module code: EQ933
  • Module name: Advanced Research Methods 3: Quantitative Methodology (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. 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).

Principal learning outcomes

This module will address conceptual issues and advanced methods of quantitative data collection and analysis, grounded in practical examples and the study of research literature. Methodological issues and statistical techniques will be introduced through discussion of research papers and the statistical package SPSS. Ÿ To introduce students to the paradigms that underlie quantitative educational research; Ÿ To encourage students to identify the methodological grounds on which quantitative educational research is based; Ÿ To develop students’ competence in using the statistical package SPSS to do quantitative analysis; Ÿ To develop students awareness of the potential of the internet as a research tool. Ÿ To support students in assessing the efficacy of such research from a variety of perspectives and practices linked to thesis planning.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 study days

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ces

Other essential notes

This module will run alongside IE912 Advanced Research Methods 3: Quantitative Methodology which is taken by our EdD students

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EQ933-20)
A (Assessed work only) 3500 word assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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

N/A