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PHYS7018 - Methodological Research

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Programme CodeProgrammeSemesterDelivery
CR_SESST_8Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology6Mandatory

Short Title:Methodological Research
Full Title:Methodological Research
Module Code:PHYS7018
 
NFQ Level:Intermediate
 
ECTS Credits:5.0
Module Coordinator:GUILLAUME HUYET
Description:The aim of this module is to provide the learner with research skills. The learner will develop skills to enable them to research, gather data, analyse and present the data.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. formulate a research question
  2. apply research methods and data gathering methods
  3. determine the appropriateness of research methodologies for different research questions
  4. prepare and present a written report of appropriate conclusions from an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  5. reference and acknowledge all sources and contributions
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No co-requisites listed listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
  • Research Design and Concepts
    Research goals and questions. Sources of research ideas. Qualitative, quantitative, primary, secondary, sample, literature review concepts. Putting together a research proposal. Evidence based practice.
  • Research types and methods
    Questionnaire development. Interview techniques. Focus groups. Primary and secondary sources. Case studies. Sample sizes. Validity and reliability of data. Online databases. Computer generated questionnaires.
  • Analysing and Interpreting Information
    Evaluation Methods. Qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Hypothesis generation and testing. Developing a methodology for analysis.
  • Ethics in research
    Academic honesty, informed consent, acknowledgement of sources.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.0%
End of Semester Formal Examination0%
Coursework Breakdown
TypeDescriptionOutcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Written ReportPrepare research question1,515.0Week 4
Practical/Skills EvaluationResearch Practice2,3,4,540.0Every Week
PresentationResearch Finding and Conclusions4,515.0Week 12
Written ReportReport on findings1,2,3,4,530.0Week 12
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

WorkloadFull-time
TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
LectureResearch Methods2.0Every Week2.00
LabComputer Aided Research1.0Every Week1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)Research Exercises4.0Every Week4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours3.00
WorkloadPart-time mode
TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
LectureResearch Methods2.0Every Week2.00
LabComputer Aided Research1.0Every Week1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)Research Exercises4.0Every Week4.00
Part-Time Total Weekly Learner Workload7.00
Part-Time Total Weekly Contact Hours3.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes and Malcolm Tight 2006, How to research, 3rd Ed., Open University Press Milton Keynes [ISBN: 9780335217465]
  • John W. Creswell, 2008, Research Design, 3rd Ed., SAGE Publications Inc. [ISBN: 9781412965576]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Laurie Rozakis 2007, Schaum's quick guide to writing great research papers, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 9780071488488]
Other Resources

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