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ED10162: Introduction to research methods I

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW100
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To introduce the student to the methods and practice of research in an educational context.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit students should:
* be able to critically evaluate research reports, describe various research designs, employing qualitative and quantitative techniques and understand rudimentary statistical methods;
* have some understanding of issues and caveats relating to research ethics, sampling, data collection and analysis, and the interpretation of findings.

Skills: Production of concise, scholarly, written communication to agreed specifications and deadlines. F/A
* Analysis and synthesis of written information from multiple sources. F/A
* Oral presentation skills
* Interpretation and analysis of numerical data
* Working independently. F/A
* Team work in the production of an assignment
* Develop and apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry. F/T/A
* Evaluate research critically and assess a variety of information sources. F/T/A
* Formulation of research questions and research design to answer them
* Information management and technology skills. F/T

Content: This unit will introduce students to the background and principles of social science research, including philosophy, design and research approaches, with an emphasis on quantitative methods (in RM1) and to mixed methods of research. They will gain understanding of questionnaire design and surveys, sampling strategies and procedures, issues in data collection and analysis, including basic techniques in statistical analysis (descriptive, with simple notions of statistical significance testing), and issues concerning the presentation and discussion of research in education. Where relevant unit content will include issues and empirical research (including guest speakers from within and outside of the University).

Programme availability:

ED10162 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 1)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 1)


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