Module Title:Research Skills
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Learners will undertake practical, class-based assignments (development of questionnaires, etc) in order to enhance learning. The programme gives the learners a thorough background in practical report and research writing that they will encounter in the work environment. Students will undertake a cross modular assignment, applying their learning on this module with their experience on the placement module in order to complete a real world agri-business research project.
Module Aim: To provide learners with the competence, knowledge and skills to plan, design, formulate and manage an agricultural research project.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply the tools, skills and techniques of the Research Process to an ethical professional standard in order to carry out an agri-business research projec
LO2 Recognize potential errors within the research process and propose and formulate methods and strategies to minimise these errors.
LO3 Perform and critically evaluate data and interpret results and outcomes within a farm business framework
LO4 Demonstrate a knowledge of statistical testing
LO5 Analyse data using SPSS (Analysis of variance / ANOVA) statistical software.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the Research Process
• The Research Process: The importance of research within the farming and agri- business context; Research terminology, Research industry, Ethics, Technology for agricultural improvement.
Research Design
• Types of research design. Steps in the research design process. Potential errors, Research objectives
Data Types, Secondary Data
• Purposes, sources of secondary data
• The concept of experiments. Types of experiments, Experimental validity. Types and tools.
Qualitative Research
• Observation and other qualitative methods • Survey data collection methods and the Survey Instrument • Data collection modes, Factors determining same, Errors, Wording Of Questionnaires, Structuring, Sequencing, Error minimization.
• General concepts, Measurement scales, Attitude measurement, • Rating and ranking scales, Reliability and validity of measurements.
Report Writing and Presentation
• How to write a research report, Format and content, Presentation of results and referencing.
Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics
• Mean, mode, median.
• Probability laws. Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions.
Statistical Interference Using Samples
• T-test, Chi-square testing. • Statistical determination of sample size. • Statistical significance and practical significance. • Confidence intervals
Syllabus Content for Practical S.P.S.S. Component.
1. Introduction to SPSS and Analysis of variance / ANOVA 2. Using the data editor • Data coding and entry • Defining variables • Value labels • Missing values 3. Modifying and recoding data values Data analysis using a case study dataset Frequencies Descriptive statistics Explore and cross tab procedures Multiple response procedures Hypothesis testing
Using the Output Editor
• Creating and modifying charts • Exporting tables and charts
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Practical Research Project 1,3 50.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Statistical Analysis test. Class projects 2,4 40.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Use SPSS to carry out research analysis 4,5 10.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 26 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Independent Learning Time 26 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Total Hours 78.00