Module Details

Module Code: PROJ I8001
Full Title: Research Methods
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner:: Caroline Sheedy
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles of good research practice and to prepare them for the research process.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Apply methodologies for research project management
MLO2 Integrate the ethical principles of research, technology and critical thinking into research proposal
MLO3 Describe quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research
MLO4 Identify the components of a literature review process
MLO5 Critically analyze published research
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
 
Module Indicative Content
Identification and investigation of research problems applied to the area of study
 
Formulation of research objectives, research questions/hypotheses
 
Reviewing the literature: bibliographic methods, sources, archives, information retrieval, keeping records and making notes, critical reading and structuring a literature review
 
Academic writing. Scholarly conventions and referencing. Plagiarism.
n/a
Qualitative research: principles, methods and practice
n/a
Quantitative research: principles and approaches
n/a
Planning and the research process
n/a
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 15
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 11 Learning Outcome 2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Ethical evaluation of the students project proposal
Assessment Type Written Report % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcome 4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
The written report/proposal should be a clear statement of the research problem, a synopsis of the research design and an outline of the research methods together with a provisional review of literature relevant to their research project.
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 9 Learning Outcome 1,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Presentation of a poster. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the key and theoretical and methodological design considerations relevant to developing a poster.
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcome 4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students are required to read a provided academic paper and provide a summary of said paper to a high standard.
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 3,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students are required to read a provided academic paper and provide a summary of said paper to a high standard.
Assessment Type Written Report % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
The written report/proposal should be a clear statement of the research problem, a synopsis of the research design and an outline of the research methods together with a provisional review of literature relevant to their research project.
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 25
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Sem 1 End Learning Outcome 1,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Presentation of a poster. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the key and theoretical and methodological design considerations relevant to developing a poster
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 15
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Ethical evaluation of the students project proposal
No Project
No Practical
No Final 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

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Tutorial Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Tutorial Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Oates, Briony J.. (2006), Researching Information Systems and Computing, SAGE Publications Ltd, [ISBN: 9781412902243].
  • Leedy, P. D. and Ormrod, J. E.. (2005), Practical Research Planning and Design, Pearson Ed., [ISBN: 0136100872].
  • Blumberg B., Cooper D. and Schindler, P.. (2005), Business research methods, McGraw Hill, [ISBN: 0077129970].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources