Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Introduction to the Research Process

Course summary

Course code: RESE1003
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education and Health
Department: Psych., Social Wk and Counsell.
Course Coordinator(s): Carlos Moreno Leguizamon


Pre and co requisites

Successful completion of level 4


Increase their knowledge and understanding of the research process in order to identify, analyse and apply research findings appropriately.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Explain and discuss the differences between quantitative and qualitative research in relation to the research process.
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of data collection/analysis in
quantitative and qualitative research.
3 Use informatics in conducting a literature search.
4 Analyse a research report which uses a quantitative, qualitative or mixed approach.

Indicative content

• Search Specification and Library Session
• Research and the Research Process
• Literature and Literature Searching
• Sampling Methods; Concepts of Validity and Reliability
• Research Designs Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
• Ethical Considerations
• Data Analysis
• Results
• Evaluation of Reports

Teaching and learning activity

Students will be introduced to and invited to discuss, and begin to critically evaluate, texts and research papers from theoretical and practical standpoints. The focus throughout will be to enable students to learn the skills of research writing. There will be Lecture-discussions; group and individual tutorials. Both group and personal tutoring will be offered by the subject tutor alongside formal teaching sessions. Group tutorials will enable the facilitation of peer collaborative learning and peer support. Lecturer will encourage debates, discussion and critical analysis to support the group as a whole with both the course content and academic assignments. Personal tutoring will be given by the subject lecturer and timetabled in the teaching session handbook. This is a holistic approach which through individual tutorials, aims to enhance the student’s learner experience and support academic ability throughout the course. Therefore, students will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and assignment requirements and receive constructive feedback via verbal and written communication which will support the learner’s needs


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essay
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1, 2, 3 and 4
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 100%
Pass Mark: 40%
Word Length: 2,000
Outline Details: A critical evaluation of a research
report selected from a literature search which demonstrates understanding of the aims, methods, analysis strategies and potential application of results

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Lectures, with an emphasis on student participation in topic-focused discussions. Efforts will be made, through group and individual tutorials to meet students’ learning needs. Personal tutoring is the aim of the latter activity.