|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Assignment 1 x 2500 word essay||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Dissertation proposal 1 x dissertation proposal||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Assignment All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. 1 x 2500 word essay||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Dissertation proposal All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. 1 x dissertation proposal||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically evaluate different types of research design.
Critically discuss the differences between qualitative and quantitative research designs.
Critically examine relevant literature in their chosen research field.
Demonstrate critical engagement with relevant source material.
This module will provide an introduction to a range of research methods commonly employed in educational research. It will also aim to develop the students' awareness of the issues associated with different methodological choices and guide the students in the planning of a small scale research project.
Introduce the student to a variety of research designs and methodologies.
Enable the student to critically evaluate the methodologies and relevant literature.
Session 1: Types of research
Session 2: Qualitative research methods
Session 3: Quantitative research methods
Session 4: Planning a methodology and analysing data
Session 5: Research ethics
Session 6: Critical reading and formulating research questions/hypotheses
Session 7: Structuring a literature review
Session 8: Writing a dissertation proposal
Session 9: Individual guidance sessions on dissertation proposals
Session 10: Individual guidance sessions on dissertation proposals
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.|
|Communication||Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessment|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks encourage improved performance.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to submit all work electronically.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students provided with an opportunity to explore educational research fields.|
|Problem solving||An essential element in the process of critical assessment.|
|Research skills||Research is required for the main assessments.|
|Subject Specific Skills|
|Team work||Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group discussions and debates.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5