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INTR9010 - Research Skills and Practice

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Title:Research Skills and Practice
Long Title:Research Skills and Practice
Module Code:INTR9010
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DANIEL CAHILL
Module Author: DANIEL CAHILL
Module Description: The learner develops a project brief from the discipline area, identifying areas where further research is required. The project brief is to include development of aims and objectives for the research project. The learner will develop specific research skills including qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Develop a project brief with aims and objectives in an identified area where further research is required.
LO2 Plan and manage the research project including information search and literature review.
LO3 Employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
LO4 Evaluate and apply accuracy, validity and reliability tests to research data and methods.
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
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite 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
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Research Methods
Research methods; literature review, project planning and management, research methodology, written and oral communications, plagiarism, research ethics, project brief (aims and objectives), intellectual property and technology transfer in research.
Research Brief
Identify areas where further research is required. Outline project aims and objectives and present a work schedule demonstrating how these aims/objectives will be achieved. The work schedule should be achievable and demonstrate the scope, feasibility, technical complexity and appropriateness of the proposed work.
Research Skills & Practice
Qualitative and quantitative research. Survey research methods and sample size. Construction, design and administration and analysis of questionnaires. Interviews (structured/unstructured/group) and focus groups. Data preparation and processing. Testing of accuracy, validity and reliability. Triangulation, mixing methods and data.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Develop a project brief complete with aims and objectives 1,2 25.0 Week 6
Project Qualitative research application 3 40.0 Week 9
Project Quantitative research application 3 10.0 Week 9
Project Apply data analysis and testing to research problem 4 20.0 Sem End
Presentation Presentation of research 4 5.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
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

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of research skills 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) No description 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Application of research skills 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of research skills 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) No description 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Application of research skills 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mark N.K. Saunders, Philip Lewis, Adrian Thornhill, 2012, Research Methods for Business Students, 5th Ed Ed. [ISBN: 978-0273750758]
  • Gina Wisker 2008, The postgraduate research handbook, 2nd Ed., Palgrave London [ISBN: 978-0-230-52130-8]
  • John A. Sharp, John Peters, and Keith Howard 2006, The management of a student research project, 3rd Ed., Gower London [ISBN: 0-566-08490-2]
  • Levin, P. 2008, Excellent Dissertations, Student Friendly Guides, McGraw-Hill London [ISBN: 13-978-033521822-6]
  • John W. Creswell 2009, Research Design Qualitative and Mixed Method Approaches, 3rd Ed., Sage Publications Thousand Oaks, Calif. [ISBN: 978-1-4129-6557-6]
  • edited by Andrew Knight, Les Ruddock 2008, Advanced research methods in the built environment, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1-4051-6110-7]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Robert K. Yin (Editor) 2009, Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 4th Ed Ed., Sage Publications [ISBN: 978-1-4129-6099-1]
  • John W. Creswell, 2007, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design, 2nd Ed Ed., Sage Publications [ISBN: 978-1-4129-1607-3]
  • Clare Morris 2000, Quantitative approaches in business studies, Financial Times/Prentice Hall Harlow [ISBN: 0-273-63828-9]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CARCT_9 Master of Science in Architectural Technical Design 1 Mandatory
CR_DINAR_9 Master of Science in Interior Architecture 1 Mandatory
CR_CCOPM_9 Masters of Science in Construction Project Management 1 Mandatory
CR_CCNPM_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Construction Project Management 1 Elective

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