Principles of Research Design

This module aims to give research students an understanding of the basic principles of research design and strategy.  It will enable them to demonstrate their capacity to:

  • identify and  formulate their research questions clearly and succinctly
  • analyse them or break them down into relevant sets of sub-questions

and, where appropriate,

  • formulate testable hypotheses
  • explain: why their research questions are significant in the context of their discipline/research subfields
  •   what kinds of questions theirs are epistemologically
  •   what kinds of data/materials or grounds of argumentation are necessary to address their questions
  • produce a realistic plan of action, p[aying attention to any legal and ethical issues that they may encounter in their research processes