Module Identifier PGM0330  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Graeme A M Davies  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Anoush Simon, Dr Graeme A M Davies, Dr Milja H Kurki, Dr Allen E Foster, Dr Ian Archer, Dr Christine J Urquhart, Professor Martin J Barker, Dr Jamie Medhurst, Dr Mikel Koven  
Course delivery Lecture   41 Hours.  
  Practical   10 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word Text Analysis. Analyse an historical or contemporary text.  30%
Semester Assessment 3,000 word Qualitative Essay. Write a piece of work which provides an overview of the methods that you would use to undertake a research project of your choice. You must use survey methods and three types of qualitative techniques. Justify your choice of methods and explain how these methods can be combined.40%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word Quantitative Research report. Produce a report, on one of three options (specified during the module). In the report you should generate a set of testable hypotheses, discuss why variables were chosen and conduct univariate and multivariate analysis of those variables.30%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module is designed to be an integral component of the new RT masters courses which the University has introduced. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of methodological and analytical skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.


This module aims to give students a broad knowledge of a range of methodological and analytical skills, which they can apply in a variety of research contexts. The course is designed to give students a grounding in the basic principles of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. It will provide students with an introduction to the major methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, how qualitative data are actively constructed and interpreted by the researcher, and an appreciation of the practical and epistemological concerns raised by qualitative data collection.This will include a consideration of questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, survey design and qualitative data analysis. This will be complimented by an analysis of the principles of quantitative research data and data analysis. The module will introduce students to the basic techniques of analysis, presentation and description of statistics, and in particular to SPSS using the PC Windows version.


The module covers the following topics:




This module is at CQFW Level 7