To introduce the students to the range of methods which can be used to carry out research and to understand how to select and justify one or more methods for a particular topic. This will enable the student to become a confident, evaluative reader of research and give them tools to carry out research themselves subsequently.
* Identify a range of research methods and techniques;
* Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the research approaches identified;
* Evaluate, select and use appropriate sources of information on a selected topic;
* Demonstrate an understanding of the research process and the ethical issues related to the conduct of a research project.
* Improving own learning and performance
* Demonstrating appropriate critical thinking skills
* Presenting and developing an argument, drawing upon appropriate literature and theory
* Working in an independent and autonomous way
* Developing reflective practice in self
* Communicating professionally, using different formats
* Understanding ethical issues relevant to research
* Solving problems
* Working logically and systematically to produce a report within timescales
* Assessing strengths and development needs
* Planning appropriate support and monitoring progress.
This unit concentrates on:
The identification of a range of research methods and techniques appropriate to work settings to include:
* Introduction to action research and its application
* Case study approaches to research
* Consideration of appropriateness of small scale and large scale research and qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate the research topic chosen.
* Use of both primary and secondary information sources - paper and electronic-based
* Methods of analysing and presenting data in a format appropriate to the content and audience.
* Methods to assess objectivity, validity, reliability, relevance and currency of data and research.
Design and appropriateness of tools appropriate for research in work settings including:
* Review of documents
* Testing and the use of experimental research
* The use of literature reviews to establish the existing state of knowledge in the area of research.
Awareness of ethical issues related to research methodology including:
* Confidentiality - sharing information appropriately
* Informed consent
* Protection from harm
* Protection of rights
* Data protection - handling and storing information
Knowledge of the stages of the research process including:
* Undertaking analysis of a topic
* Formulation of an hypothesis
* Collection, presentation and analysis of data
* Review and evaluation
* Production of a research report.