Full Title:Research Methods
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:RESA M9001
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module helps the student to formulate and present a research proposal that is both of Masters standard and achievable within a 5-month timeframe. It also prepares the student for a lengthy period of self-directed learning. Semester 3
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Formulate an informed research proposal.
  2. Conduct a literature review appropriate to the research topic.
  3. Plan a research project.
  4. Use word processing software to produce a long document such as a thesis or project report in the style (formatting and layout) prescribed for the project.
  5. Defend a research proposal in a peer-review setting.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Specifically this module will cover the following topics:
An overview of the research
Opportunity to discuss project ideas and proposal with staff and fellow students
Purposes and objectives of a project
Defining your research topic: selecting and justifying a research project
Deciding on scope and boundaries
Conducting a literature review to ensure your proposal is informed by the work of others
Guidelines on submitting research proposals
Using word processing software to produce a long document such as a thesis or project report
Plan of action and timeline; tasks and deliverables; maintaining focus; importance of time management
Aspects of presentation: thesis structure; function of each section in thesis (abstract, glossary, introduction, body of thesis, conclusions, appendices, bibliography); thesis layout and formatting
Presentation of Research Proposal at Department Research Colloquium
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Research Project Proposal 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
Presentation Presentation at Music Research Colloquium 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Reading n/a 5.50 Every Week 5.50
Independent Study n/a 10.00 Every Week 10.00
Lecture n/a 0.50 Every Week 0.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 16.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Levin, P., Excellent Dissertations, Open University, 2005
  • Moore, N., How to do research: the complete guide to designing and managing research projects, 3rd ed., Continuum 2000
  • Supplementary Author, Title, Publisher, Year, Edition.
  • Fink, A., Conducting research literature reviews, Sage, 1998
  • Greenfield, A, Research Methods - Guidance for Post-Graduates, Arnold,1996
  • Kumar, R., Research methodology: a step-by-step guide for beginners, Sage, 1999
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HMUSC_R Master of Arts/Master of Science in Music Technology 2 Mandatory