Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other One week study schol
Seminars / Tutorials Tutorial support availalbe to discuss module content and to advise on assignment issues


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Evaluation of a research article ( circa 2,500 -3,000 words)  100%
Semester Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* identify and comment on the relevance of a research question or series of research questions

* evaluate critically, a range of research methods, approaches and techniques

* justify the value of evidence based practice

* assess and describe how research and evaluation can be applied in specific workplace situations

* evaluate potential difficulties faced by the researcher with respect to ethical principles

Brief description

An introduction to research and research methods, with emphasis upon the applicability and use of research in the professional information environment.


Unit 1 provides and introduction to social science research, discusses the nature of research, its relevance to the information profession and its applicability in the workplace.
Unit 2 discusses the principles of research design.
Unit 3 examines different types of research design, looks at strategies for formulating valid research questions and carrying out a piece of research.
Unit 4 is concerned with evaluation methods; types of evaluation, and evaluation utilisation.
Unit 5 examines data collection and analysis in practice.
Unit 6 deals with the ethics of research.
Unit 7 covers techniques for reviewing research and drawing conclusions from published research.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Appreciation for the strength of statistical data and how these data can be manipulated for research purposes
Communication Ability to digest and summarise questions of research, present findings and challenge published research strategies.
Improving own Learning and Performance Integral to the scheme through independent learning .
Information Technology Appreciation of the role played by IT in the analysis of research data
Personal Development and Career planning Ability to demonstrate how research may be applied in specific professional environments and situations
Problem solving Ability to devise research questions to resolve a perceived problem. Necessitates articulation of both problem and method of resolution.
Research skills Ability to compare and contrast different research methods and analyse fitness for purpose in given situations.
Team work Appreciation for the need to work with others in any research project, particularly participant involvement and co-operation


This module is at CQFW Level 7