Module Identifier DS33320  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Raymond E Lonsdale  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Dr Christine J Urquhart, Dr Christopher M Baggs, Dr David A Stoker, Professor David Ellis  
Course delivery Other    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Compilation of bibliography of 20-30 resources equivalent to 1,500 words - weighted 25%. 
Semester Assessment Critical evaluation of 4 references equivalent to 1,500 words - weighted 25%. 
Semester Assessment Formulation of a research proposal for the research project (3,000 words) - weighted 50%. 

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

The module will help students to plan, propose and execute small scale in-house investigations,. It will lay a foundation for personal research such as for the dissertation, or possibly a masters or other higher degree at a later date. This might not be part of the students? personal agenda at the present time, but continuing professional development plays an increasingly important role in the careers of information workers.


The aim of this module is to provide a basic introduction to research methods which can be used within information and library services.


Unit headings comprise:

1. The development of research in information and library services
2. The research process and writing of the research proposal
3. Survey methods and basic statistics
4. Other research methods
5. Data and information analysis, and report writing
6. Resourcing and managing a small research project


This module is at CQFW Level 6