Module leaders: Gill Frigerio and Phil McCash
Module running in 2015/16 and 2016/17
The aim of this module is to develop understanding of literature review, research questions and research methods necessary to complete a small-scale research project.
By the end of the module the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literature review, research questions, research methods and ethics.
- Critically evaluate and interpret a range of literature, research methods and ethics.
- Creatively integrate and apply the knowledge listed above in the negotiation and conduct of a small-scale research project.
- Present material in clear written form by identifying, analysing and applying key texts and practices using appropriate and adequate structure, spelling, grammar, syntax, length and referencing.
- Consideration of participants’ prior research experience.
- Comparing and contrasting a range of academic, professional and popular texts.
- Analysing and interpreting the similarities and differences between research methods from a range of discipline areas.
- Comparing and contrasting examples of research in career development, coaching and work-related learning.
- Conducting a critical and evaluative literature review.
- Constructing research questions.
- Designing a research strategy and detailed methods.
- Ethics and values in relation to research in this field.
- Use of the above to negotiate and complete a small-scale research project.
Summary of teaching
Individual supervision supported by a research workshop, VLE-based distance learning and a module reading pack. The workshop is advertised twice a year in the AGCAS training calendar as Research Workshop. The first part of the module is focused on helping students write a research proposal. There is no requirement to have developed a clear research idea before enrolling on the module.
Module timing and duration
Usually, this module runs twice a year. Part time students are allowed 5 months to complete.
The assignment consists of a 5000 word project (100%). Typically, the project is focused on a topic of your choice and includes an initial literature review, research questions, methodology and findings.