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Research Methods and Proposal Writing. What you need. A folder to keep case study notes . Please bring it in every week. What’s it about?. This module broadly covers three categories; Research Methodologies Data Analysis Techniques Research Proposal Writing.

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what you need
What you need

A folder to keep case study notes



it in



what s it about
What’s it about?
  • This module broadly covers three categories;
  • Research Methodologies
  • Data Analysis Techniques
  • Research Proposal Writing

·Introducing the research process:

  • Formulating and clarifying a research topic.
  • Critically reviewing the literature.
  • Deciding on the research approach and choosing a research strategy.
  • Negotiating access and research ethics.

·Quantitative Data Analysis:

  • Data Collection Techniques, Statistical Approaches

·Qualitative Data Analysis:

  • Action Research and Participatory Action Research, Content Analysis, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, Ethnography, Event Structure Analysis, Grounded Theory, Historical Research, Narrative Inquiry, Phenomenography, Phenomenology, Q Methodology

·Writing a report and abstract.

  • Problem definition
  • Types of problems, creativity
  • Synectic process
  • Strategies, decision analysis, systems thinking, implementing change.
  • Requirements of a good MSc Dissertation.

·Literature Review:

  • Literature search strategies
  • Sourcing and evaluating published sources for their relevance and quality in relation to the chosen topic
  • Identifying current state of knowledge and key issues
  • Writing a literature review relating to the chosen topic.
  • Use of literature and libraries and ICT;

·Research Management:

  • Planning and organising a research project;
  • identifying researchable issues;
  • Time and task management;
  • Consent and confidentiality issues.
  • Research approaches and methods, and project management techniques, in the design and planning of a research programme
  • Requirements of an MSc Research Project
learning outcomes
Learning Outcomes

Identify relevant and feasible areas of research in knowledge management for the purpose of individual investigation

Select, develop and apply appropriate literature search strategies in relation to a chosen approved topic using relevant literature resources and ICT for purposes of literature review

Collect and critically evaluate research material from the literature in order to identify the current state of knowledge and key issues in a research topic

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Learning Outcomes

Present a critical and logical interpretation of the issues in the form of a written review of the literature relating to a chosen topic

Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical issues that may impinge on research in general including data collection and utilisation

Employ appropriate data analysis techniques for specific sets of data

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Learning Outcomes

Critically evaluate research approaches and methods in the design and planning of a research programme

Make an informed choice of appropriate research methods for specific research questions

Formulate a simple research programme for a given research topic

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Learning Outcomes

Select a topic from the course and/or their own experience which will provide suitable scope for research in an MSc dissertation project

Prepare a detailed realistic research proposal supported by a preliminary review of the relevant literature

Demonstrate good technical writing skills

Critically analyse their own approaches to research.

  • Continuous assessment will comprise 100% of the marks for this module. The pass mark for the continuous assessment is 40%.
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Continious Assessment (1/3)
  • The student’s Portfolio will be a key artefact for continuous assessment of this module. All problems a student solves should be included in this Portfolio. Students will be expected to record observations about techniques learnt as applied to knowledge based problems, reflecting on the student’s performance and progress as well as the applicability approaches learnt.
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Continious Assessment (2/3)

The student’s Portfolio will be the key artefact of this module which will include, at least, the following:

·the student’s vision of their Masters;

·each of their assessments;

·the feedback from these assessment that they have been given, and

·reflections on their progress throughout the module.

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Continious Assessment (3/3)
  • Out of class problem sets will involve more extensive problems to be done either individually or in groups. Students will also be expected to present work individually or in groups.