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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeST3004
Module NameST3004 RESEARCH METHODS
Module Short Title
ECTS5
Semester TaughtSemester 2
Contact HoursLectures, laboratory sessions and assignments
Module PersonnelLecturer – Nina Bresnihan
Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define, distinguish and identify secondary and primary data sources;
  • Access data on-line/off-line and in published forms;
  • Define the objectives of a research project;
  • Select an appropriate research design;
  • Compare data sources, collection methods and methods of analysis;
  • Carry out data collection;
  • Analyse the data appropriately;
  • Write up the findings;
  • Summarise, interpret and, where appropriate, make recommendations on the results;
  • Present concise reports.
Learning Aims

Upon completing this course, students should have an understanding of the nature of the research process, drawing upon primary and secondary data sources; be able to locate, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data; and to present the findings.

Module Content
Recommended Reading List
Module PrerequisitesNone (JF/SS MSISS)
Assessment Details

Assessment is by continuous assessment only. To pass the module, students must achieve an overall mark of 40%.

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Academic Year of Data2016/17