Research Methods - (15 Credits)

This module begins with a broad introduction to research in which students will identify an appropriate research approach in the context of their individual aspirations and, where applicable, their professional role. A prerequisite to this is attendance at the postgraduate induction/PDP event where a community of practice is developed with an understanding of the student's role in research and professional practice. The module introduces students to research and research methods from the perspectives of the researcher, research manager or managerial user. The module will discuss the research process of: identifying issues and problems; specifying research; collecting and processing primary and secondary data and information; analyzing findings and producing conclusions, recommendations and suggestions for further investigation. Emphasis will be placed on methods that are objective, systematic, reliable, valid, ethical, effective and efficient. Guidance will also be given on the preparation of research papers and reports. This module will prepare students for dealing with research in all modules and in particular the Dissertation module. Taught postgraduates from all disciplines will initially share a generic overview that is appropriate for a postgraduate understanding of research and the methods that underpin it. Thereafter, the students will devolve to tutors in their discipline to deal with the curriculum content in greater, contextualized detail. The greater part of the assessment will be applied to learning from this second part of the module.