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CE956 Research Project (formerly CE927 Special Study)

Module leaders: Gill Frigerio and Phil McCash


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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Outline Syllabus

  • 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 an optional research workshop, VLE-based distance learning, a module reading pack. The workshop is advertised in the AGCAS training calendar as Research Workshop, Warwick.

Module timing and duration

Usually, this module runs all year round. Participants are allowed 5 months to complete.


The assignment consists of a 5000 word project (100%) focused on a topic of your choice including an initial literature review, research questions, methodology and findings.

The information above was last updated in April 2013 and is a guide only.