Module Title:Research Methods 3
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered over 15 weeks consisting of 2 theory lectures of 1 hour duration and 2 practical classes of 1 hour duration. Practical classes will be taught in a computer lab with SPSS and will include project planning, scientific writing and reading development tasks. The theory classes will include lectures, Q&A and group discussion.
Module Aim: To teach the student the necessary research skills to undertake a research project and dissertation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Formulate a research project with due consideration for the necessities of sound study design
LO2 Complete a research proposal
LO3 Select, perform and interpret appropriate statistical analyses on research data.
LO4 Critique peer reviewed research, interpret and synthesise research findings.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2/3 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Basic research concepts
How to present the research problem
Formulating the method
Ethical issues in research
Statistical Concepts and Analysis
Research variables
Descriptive research
Writing the research report
Development of scientific writing and active reading.
Ways of reporting research
The students will have practical classes where they will learn data entry into SPSS, perform parametric and non-parametric analysis using SPSS and interpret statistical anaylsis outputs from SPSS
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination SPSS exam 3 10.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project Proposal and Study Design 1,2,3,4 50.00 Sem 1 End
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour exam 1,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.33
Total Hours 100.00

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