This module covers the techniques needed to critically appraise published research, and carry out a piece of original research. Topics include the scientific method applied to human services, literature search techniques, research design, sampling, the organisation of a research project, research ethics, measurement techniques, the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, the presentation of results, and dissemination.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
Complete a literature search on a defined topic.
Prepare a research proposal with an appropriate research design, measurement, sample, and consideration of ethical issues sufficient to be approved by an ethical committee.
Critically appraise a recent published research paper.
Analyse a set of qualitative data.
Analyse a set of quantitative data.
Module Attendance Required
Distance learning supplemented by individual tutorials.
1st October 2013 to
6th January 2014
One 3000-word essay
Academics involved in the delivery of this module
Dr Qulsom Fazil - Lecturer in Disability Studies and Behaviourial Science, Module Co-ordinator for the Research Methods Module