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TITLE Basic Research Methods

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Students will cover Research Methods, including writing a literature review and different aspects of approaches to research and evaluation. The unit will also delve into basics of documentation writing.

Study-unit Aims

To expose students to essential research and reading techniques; how to choose a project and how to write a proposal; how to write a literature review; writing and referencing styles; presenting results. The unit will also take a practical perspective towards achieving this.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Draft a research proposal.
- Draft a project plan.
- Search for and use relevant literature.
- Correctly reference literature.
- Conduct evaluations.
- Compose an abstract of research conducted.
- Structure a research project.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Collect and analyse data.
- Write a literature review with correct citations and references.
- Write up a proposal and write up the research.

Main Text

- Dawson, C.W. (2009) Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student’s Guide, 2nd Revised Edition, edition, Addison-Wesley, Harlow ISBN: 978-0-273-72131-4.

Supplementary readings:

- Nicholas Walliman, Research Methods: The Basics, Routledge; 1 edition, ISBN-10: 0415489946, ISBN-13: 978-0415489942.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%


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