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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS8007
Module NameResearch Methods
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtSemester one and two
Contact HoursLecture hours:29
Tutorial hours:12
Total hours:41
Module PersonnelInmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez, Lucy Hederman, Myra O’Regan, Mary Sharp, Richard Millwood, Brendan Tangney, Tim Savage and others
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module students should be able to:

  • Identify a research question, and propose an appropriate research methodology to address it
  • Prepare a review of literature
  • Design and develop effective research instruments
  • Use a variety of approaches to data collection and analysis
  • Write in an academic style.
Learning Aims

The main objective of this module is to provide an overview of research perspectives, traditions, methods and strategies. The module also aims to support students to gain understanding of the process of data collection and analysis, to facilitate the development of a research proposal and dissertation, and to develop generic research skills.

Module Content
  • The research process & key principles
  • Literature review and library skills
  • Research methods : quantitative & qualitative
  • Data Collection Instruments & data analysis
  • Academic writing.
Recommended Reading List

John W. Creswell, Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approach. (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

Assessment is based 100% on attendance.

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