Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE DLT5002

 
TITLE Research Methods

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies

 
DESCRIPTION This unit covers the process of research and its management. Starting from (i) understanding a research area and (ii) writing a literature review, to (iii) examining and reporting on the research done, and (iv) its impact and evaluation aspects, students will be exposed to common pitfalls and ways to ensure adequate coverage of existing research results. The unit will focus on research in a variety of fields (as covered in the MSc DLT programme) in order to ensure students have the necessary tools to understand the different aspects of existing work.

They will be exposed to common pitfalls and ways to ensure adequate coverage of existing research results. The unit will focus on research in a variety of fields (as covered in the MSc DLT programme) in order to ensure students have the necessary tools to understand the different aspects of existing work.

The unit will then delve into research planning and evaluation of research results, after which they will look into paper writing and publication.

As part of this unit, the students will be required to write a dissertation proposal for the MSc (DLT) dissertation study-unit using the techniques covered in this unit.

Study-unit Aims:

- To expose students to efficient research and reading techniques;
- How to write a literature review;
- Writing and referencing styles;
- Evaluation techniques;
- Statistical methods of analysis, presenting results;
- Qualitative methods of analysis, and reporting them.

The unit will also take a practical perspective towards achieving this, thus ensuring that the students are well equiped to carry out their MSc research project.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Differentiate between different research approaches in different relevant fields.
- Determine and demonstrate:
- What is expected from research activity at the level of an MSc;
- How to search for and use relevant literature;
- How to correctly reference literature;
- How to conduct evaluations – choosing the right form of evaluation, carrying it out and reporting the outcomes;
- How to write a research proposal;
- How to avoid common pitfalls.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Write a research proposal;
- Perform common statistical analyses;
- Write a literature review with correct citations and references;
- Write a research proposal;
- Write and submit for publication research results.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Depending on their undergraduate experience, students will individually (or in groups) be assigned selected relevant research papers to read and evaluate.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Joshua Ellul
Gordon J. Pace (Co-ord.)
Fiona Sammut
David Paul Suda
Saviour Zammit

 
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