Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE IOT5004

 
TITLE Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT E de Bono Inst. for the Design & Dev of Thinking

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit has three main components:

Qualitative Research Methods

This part of the study unit will provide an overview of the variety of qualitative approaches, including action research and protocol and thematic analysis. Students will be enabled to recognize and address research questions that require a qualitative approach. They will develop skills in the design of qualitative inquiry, in qualitative data collection techniques, and in qualitative analysis skills.

Quantitative Research Methods

This part of the study-unit will aim to equip students with those basic concepts, techniques and skills necessary to plan, conduct and critique quantitative research. The teaching approach throughout this study-unit shall be on active and meaningful student participation. Students will learn to employ quantitative research methodologies to accomplish a defined research objective.

Planning and Structuring the dissertation research

This part of the study-unit will introduce the objectives and scope of Master's dissertation research. It will provide a benchmark of standards for writing high quality academic texts according to the course requirements. Participants will learn how to assess the best sources for literature review materials in the respective fields. The development of research problems, hypotheses, conjectures and research questions will be addressed. Students will learn to structure the theoretical framework and technical research methodology, and to develop the discussion of the research findings.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- recognize the main qualitative data collection methods and their advantages and limitations;
- explain the range and potential of qualitative research practice;
- apply principles of qualitative research design to ensure the trustworthiness and rigour of their study;
- describe the basic tenets of quantitative research including distinctions between descriptive, correlational and causal research designs;
- recognize mixed methods and the complementarity in the application of quantitative and qualitative methods;
- discuss the meaning and use of basic summary statistics;
- identify basic data assessment and analysis techniques including statistical significance;
- recognize the distinction between academic and other texts.

2. Skills
By the end of the study unit, students will be able to:

- prepare a research proposal including developing research questions and hypotheses;
- conceptualise research theoretically, selecting the right analytical structural model for investigation;
- determine appropriate research designs;
- conduct a literature review;
- design data collection or collation mechanisms, including survey data;
- organise data in preparation for analysis using statistical software packages;
- communicate results to diverse academic audiences and stakeholders;
- critically evaluate prior research on the subject, synthesize it and identify gaps;
- critically assess the content and process of a research project;
- examine potential ethical issues.

Main Text:

Creswell, J. W. (2013). ‘Research Design (International Student Edition), Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches’ (4th edition). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Other readings will be uploaded on the course VLE page.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar and Workshop

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Review Paper SEM1 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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