Project Design and Research Methods
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the course, students will:
- Design and deliver a multi-stage project.
- Formulate and refine a convincing research question, on the basis of an engagement with the existing literature in the relevant field(s).
- Identify appropriate methods and data with which to answer the question.
- Work with others to divide labour, monitor progress, and deliver results.
Scope and syllabus
2. Assembling a team
3. Identifying a problem
4. Finding information
5. Planning the work
6. Managing information
7. Interpreting evidence
8. Illustrating your findings
9. Presenting your findings
10. Revising your work
11. Generating ideas
12. Finding a question
13. Reviewing the literature
14. Qualitative methods
15. Quantitative methods
16. Gathering data
17. Analysing data
18. Visualizing data
Method of assessment
- Peer review of one draft group project (FE3) of 1,000 words - worth 10%
- Group project - 2,000 words per-person - worth 20%
- Peer review of 2 x draft research proposals of 2 x 500 words - worth 10%
- Research proposal for final-year dissertation of 2,000 words - worth 40%
- Presentation of draft research proposal - worth 105
- Seminar participation - worth 10%
Core reading is restricted to research handbooks.
- Bryan Greetham, How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation, Palgrave 2014
- Nicholas Walliman, The Undergraduate Dissertation, Sage 2013
- Kate Williams, Planning Your Dissertation, Palgrave 2013