Module Identifier DSM1810  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor David Ellis  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Dr Allen E Foster  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Asignment 1 Evaluation of one or more research articles, identifying the research questions and assessing their relevance to a particular discipline.  20%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2 Critical analysis of research methodology and findings.  80%

Learning outcomes

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

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 discusses the nature of research, its relevance to the information profession and its applicability in the workplace.
Unit 2 looks at strategies for formulating valid research questions and carrying out a piece of research.
Unit 3 discusses the principles of research design.
Unit 4 is concerned with evaluation; how researchers analyse data and present findings.
Unit 5 examines data collection and analysis in practice.
Unit 6 deals with the ethics of research.
Unit 7 looks at research in practice, with examples from the information professions.
Unit 8 covers techniques for reviewing research and drawing conclusions from published research. Evidence-based practice is revisited and research opportunities in the information disciplines highlighted.

Module Skills

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.  
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 in DL mode  
Team work Appreciation for the need to work with others in any research project, particularly participant involvement and co-operation  
Information Technology Appreciation of the role played by IT in the analysis of research data  
Application of Number Appreciation for the strength of statistical data and how these data can be manipulated for research purposes  
Personal Development and Career planning Ability to demonstrate how research may be applied in specific professional environments and situations  


This module is at CQFW Level 7