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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS8002
Module NameResearch Methods
Module Short TitleN/a
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Contact Hours

Lectures, readings, exercises

Module PersonnelMs Nina Bresnihan, Ms Diana Wilson
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • articulate how to find a good research question;
  • discuss a suitable research question for their dissertation;
  • execute the necessary skills to undertake the research for their dissertation;
  • discuss the principal research methods used in IS and management research;
  • undertake a critical literature review;
  • write in a clear and consistent academic style.
Learning Aims


  • develop students’ basic skills in academic research;
  • give students an awareness of various IS research methods and their strengths and weaknesses;
  • contribute to students’ critical thinking abilities;
  • develop students’ ability to critique other work and research.
Module Content

Specific topics addressed in this module include:

  • Basics concepts in the philosophy of research;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Critique;
  • Qualitative research methods;
  • Quantitative research methods;
  • Defining a research question;
  • Writing a research proposal.
Recommended Reading List

Handouts will be provided

Module Prerequisites


Assessment Details

Approval of a research question

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Academic Year of Data1718