ECMM410 - Research Methodology (2016)

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MODULE TITLEResearch Methodology CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM410 MODULE CONVENERProfessor Christopher Edwards (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 41
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

On this module, you will get an introduction to the methods used in scientific research, including finding research articles, critical review, peer review, presentation skills and literature synthesis. In the lectures, there is a strong emphasis on student engagement, and you should be prepared to stand up in front of the class and discuss things you have read.

As well as delivering summaries of papers, you and your fellow students will prepare and run two conferences in which each student will talk about a scientific topic of their choice for 10 minutes. There is also a creative element, and you will be required to design a poster using papers from the literature.

PGR students have to register for this module via the online taught module request form

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to introduce you to some of the soft skills you need to carry out research, such as communication, literature review and critical thinking. Because of the mix of different subjects, it is not possible to cover hard skills such as statistical analysis, because individual students will have a different baseline and have varying requirements for their work.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:


Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 critically appraise published research results;
2 demonstrate improved soft skills required for research.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
3 assess research in mathematics, computer science and engineering.
Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:
4 read, appraise and present research results critically.
 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- introduction: what is research, why research, what is original, research ethics and integrity, copyright and plagiarism;
- research process: description and analysis of all major steps from formulating a problem to presenting results;
- literature survey: sources of information, efficient and effective literature search (library/internet/other), critical reading and assessment, writing a literature review, referencing (styles, software);
- research problem formulation: research strategy (questions, objectives, hypothesis) and research design (definitions and functions);
- data analysis: general (planning the analysis, use of statistical theory, mathematical models), quantitative methods (non)parametric statistical tests, regression) and qualitative methods (analysis of interviews, questionnaires and focus group results);
- presentation of research results: writing papers and dissertations; doing oral presentations;
- planning and managing research projects: managing time, mapping your project, dealing with people and institutions, sharing responsibility, etc;
- what is research proposal, typical proposal content, guidelines for writing up different sections of a typical proposal, proposal assessment criteria/process, funding bodies and types of proposals;
- advanced methods.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Guided independent study 128 Reading of research articles and preparation of presentations, posters etc.
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
         
Coursework – peer review of paper 30 2 pages A4 1,4 Written
Coursework - review of literature 60 6 pages A4 2,3 Written
Presentation 10 5 to 6 minutes 2,4 Oral
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

The module is assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments be by assignment.
 

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

 

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bryman, A. and Bell, E. Business Research Methods Oxford University Press 2011 978-0199284986 [Library]
Set Alley, M. The Craft of Scientific Writing 3rd Springer 2009 [Library]
Extended Creswell, J.W. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantative and Mixed Methods Approaches Sage Publications 2009 978-0761924425 [Library]
Extended Bell, J. Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researcher in Education, Health and Social Science Open University Press 2010 978-0335215041 [Library]
Extended Swetnam, D. Writing your Dissertation How To Books Ltd. 2000 978-1857036626 [Library]
Extended Dawson, C. A Practical Guide to Research Methods: A User-friendly Manual for Mastering Research Techniques and Projects Electronic How to Books Ltd. 2007 978-1845282301 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 11 November 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 01 June 2017
KEY WORDS SEARCH Research skills; scientific research; critical assessment; literature review.