KB7030 - Research Methods

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What will I learn on this module?

Training in research methods provides researchers with an understanding of the “do’s” and “don'ts” that are associated with employing particular approaches to the collection and analysis of data. Awareness of research methodologies and methods will enable researchers to practise appropriate techniques and to implement methods accurately. The primary aim of the module is to inform and sensitise you to the choices that are available when planning to undertake a research project. This includes making you aware of a selected range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that can be employed to collect and analyse primary and secondary data arising from studies using these methodological paradigms. Such awareness will enable you to make appropriate choices when executing your research investigation. Of equal importance, the module will also introduce you to a range of academic skills that will support you during your programme of study in addition to the execution of your research project.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will allow you to develop the relevant subject knowledge. You will learn through a combination of engaging, interactive methodologies and teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, academic staff-guided independent learning, independent student learning, and by engagement in technologically-enhanced learning (TEL). A directed study of textbooks will support formally scheduled teaching, PSRB reports and scholarly journal articles (hard copy or electronic), critical evaluation of case studies, problem-based learning, simulation and reflection exercises. Additional formally scheduled teaching approaches will include video presentations, peer group discussions and presentations. The module will also use an inter-disciplinary approach to the development of the syllabus and teaching resources.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff will provide guidance, 1-2-1 support (where possible), or use interactive asynchronous online peer support forums on the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) to support you in your studies. Academic staff will use guided independent learning activities, e.g., directed reading. You will supplement this structured support with independent learning activities.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

On completion of the module you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Define and evaluate selected key theories and concepts associated with natural and social scientific research strategies, designs, and formulation.
2. Critically appraise selected key theories and techniques associated with the nature and process of experimental, quantitative, and qualitative research and data analysis.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:
3. Critically review the literature and engage with what others have written through evaluative discourse.
4. Plan and execute a research project and formulate research questions.

Personal Values Attributes (Global/Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop and exhibit the professional and research ethics characteristics of a Northumbria University postgraduate student.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Academic staff on the module will assess you in a formative manner to help build your confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Your formative feedback will be given to you either verbally by academic staff on the module during formally-scheduled teaching sessions or digitally using the University’s VLE. Your formative feedback aims to help you learn and prepare for the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Academic staff on the module will assess you in a summative manner by one examination, which will evaluate your ability to satisfy all the module’s learning outcomes. You will use the University’s VLE to sit the examination. Academic staff on the module will use digital feedback tools to issue your feedback.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Throughout the world of science, engineering, and technology, the ability to pursue research is seen as a pre-requisite for professional development and career progression. This module will introduce you to the nature, approaches, and processes of research. Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods will be introduced to you, including key research skills, such as literature searching and reviewing, and academic writing and referencing. The research approaches and methods that are introduced to you will be explored during academic staff-guided formally scheduled teaching. These sessions will require you to apply your newly-acquired knowledge to the examination of case studies and the completion of structured self-learning activities. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) will be used to support the delivery of the module. Access to video recordings of the lectures captured with Panopto and the Talis Aspire digital dynamic reading list will support your self-directed learning.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 12 months full-time
2 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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