Project Design and Research Methods
- Module Code:
- 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
- Assembling a team
- Identifying a problem
- Finding information
- Planning the work
- Managing information
- Interpreting evidence
- Illustrating your findings
- Presenting your findings
- Revising your work
- Generating ideas
- Finding a question
- Reviewing the literature
- Qualitative methods
- Quantitative methods
- Gathering data
- Analysing data
- Visualising 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 10%
- 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