Full Title:Making Sense of Research
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC U8003
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module provides a thorough grounding in research approaches and paradigms used in the social and behavioural sciences. Students will learn to interpret and synthesise existing research to inform decision making.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Compare and contrast a range of quantitative and qualitative research approaches
  2. Critique key elements of research studies
  3. Examine ethical issues in research
  4. Review and interpret evidence in order to address a research question
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of evidence based practice, with reference to own context

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Nature of research and scholarship
Sources of knowledge, evidence-based practice, primary and secondary research, developing research questions/hypotheses, systematic reviewing and meta-analyses and syntheses.
Approaches and methodologies
Quantitative paradigms, experimental methods, correlational methods. Qualitative paradigms, descriptive qualitative research, Grounded Theory, Phenomeonological Approaches. Action Research
Design and data collection
Selecting appropriate methodologies and methods, sampling, data collection tools (including surveys and interviews), reliability and validity
Interpreting findings
Qualitative approaches to data analysis, Thematic Analysis. Quantitative approaches to data analysis: interpreting descriptive statistics, measures of effect size, statistical inference and inferential tests of difference and association. Interpreting and applying findings.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Learning will be assessed via a number of tasks, including contributions to discussion fora and the completion of short exercises across the semester 1,2,3 30.00 100 40 n/a 0
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project Synoptic Assessment: A 3,500 - 4,000 word literature review that address a research question identified by the learner. This will include a rationale, review of the literature, conclusion and recommendations for practice/applications. This project is a synoptic assessment that also assesses learning outcomes on the module 'Developing your academic writing'. 1,2,4,5 70.00 100 40 Week 14 0
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

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


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Workshop 3.00 Every Third Week 1.00
Tutorial 1:1 contact with personal tutor 0.50 Every Month 0.13
Online Learning (non contact) Individual and collaborative learning activties 4.00 Every Second Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.13
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.13
Recommended Book Resources
  • Boland, Angela, Cherry, Gemma and Dickinson, Rumona 2017, Doing a systematic review: A student's guide, 2nd Ed., Sage London
  • Pyrczak, Fred 2014, Making sense of statistics: A conceptual overview, 6th Ed., Routledge Oxon, New York
  • Robson, Colin and McCartan, Kieran 2016, Real world research, 4th Ed., Wiley London
  • Silverman, D 2018, Doing Qualitative Research, 5th Ed Ed., Sage Publications LTD UK [ISBN: 1978147396698]
  • Walliman, N 2018, Research Methods: The Basics, 2nd Ed Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 13: 978-04154]
  • Willig, Carla 2013, Introducing qualitative research in psychology, 3rd Ed., Open University Press Buckingham
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Carlson, K.A. & Winquist, J.R 2018, An Introduction to Statistics: An Active Learning Approach, 2nd Ed Ed., Sage Edge London [ISBN: 9781483378732]
  • McNiff, Jean and Whitehead, Jack 2011, All y ou need to know about action research, 2nd Ed., Sage London
  • Sloan Devlin, A 2017, The Research Experience Planning, Conducting, and Reporting Research, 1st Ed Ed., Sage Publications UK [ISBN: 1978147396698]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Braun, Virgina and Clarke, Victoria 2006, sing thematic analysis in psychology., Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), 77101
  • Maguire, M. & Delahunt, B 2017, Doing a thematic analysis: A practical, step-by-step guide for learning and teaching scholars., AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol 9, No 3 [ISSN: 2009-3160]
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_UCHPL_8 Certificate in Higher and Professional Learning 1 Mandatory