Research on a topic to be agreed with the module leader and potential supervisor. Guidance is given on approaches to research. The module will address:
- The research process, including formulation of enquiry, critical review, research hypothesis, research strategies.
- Research methods including qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
- Analysis and presentation of research data.
- Literature reviews and referencing.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Formulate a research proposal and develop, evaluate and apply appropriate problem solving and research skills to address a research enquiry.
- Relate a review of available literature to critical discussion of their own investigations.
- Select, evaluate and apply a range of suitable research techniques.
- Analyse and interpret information and data using appropriate statistical methods and present findings in an appropriate form.
- Prepare a fully referenced dissertation which demonstrates originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
|Coursework||Dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words)||100%|
- RAU Master’s Dissertation Guidance - Guidance on preparing your dissertation for Master’s students
- Bell, J. (2005) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education and Social Science. Open University
- Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide for Small-scale Social Research Projects. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press
- Fisher, C. (2007) Researching and Writing a Dissertation. Pearson Education Ltd
- Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research Methods: A Practical Guide for Social Sciences. Pearson Education Ltd
- Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007) Research Methods for Business Students. 4th ed. Pearson Education