Module – Research Methodologies & Design

Choosing appropriate research approaches is fundamental to the development and testing of appropriate knowledge. Likewise conducting appropriate research and writing to disseminate knowledge are important skills at this level of study. Students will apply this module to their own specialism and consider evidence-based practice and research in their own particular area of interest. This module is intended to facilitate their development of critical thinking in relation to knowledge and its generation and testing. The aim of this module is to teach students to appraise the quality and nature of knowledge and research. Likewise, it will facilitate students to be more informed in terms of their roles in evidence generation and dissemination.

Thematic Area Topic Classroom Based Day Programme   Delivery Mode Blended Learning Delivery Mode
Classroom-based only (Duration) Synchronous BL


Asynchronous Teaching  and Directed e- Learning  (Duration)
Theme 1 Understanding the differences between research design and methodology 2 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 2 Influencing factors on Research Design. 3 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 3 The distinctive aspects of the researcher’s role in differing paradigms 3 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 4 Sampling within different traditions, e.g. issues relating to randomisation, stratification, convenience sampling, snowballing etc. 3 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 5 Issues specific to using mixed methods/triangulation. 3 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 6 Ensuring rigour in differing research traditions e.g. reliability, validity, trustworthiness or authenticity etc. 2 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 7 Ethical practice in research. Negotiating access to research sites, ensuring participants rights. Data collection, storage, and management. 2 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 8 Designing experimental and non-experimental projects. 3 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 9 Design and use of survey methods. 2 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 10 Data analysis and interpretation of research findings. Levels of measurement using quantitative data. 2 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 11 Interpretation and/or construction of meaning using qualitative data. 3 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Theme 12 Designing research based on naturalistic approaches such as ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory. 2 hours 2 hours 1 Hour
Total 30 hours 24 hours 12 hours