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TITLE Research Methods

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Information & Communication Technology

DESCRIPTION In the first semester, students will cover Research Methods, including writing a literature review and different aspects of approaches to research and evaluation. They will be exposed to common pitfalls and rules of thumb. The unit will also delve into paper writing and how to get published.

In the second semester, students will write a dissertation proposal for the MSc ICT dissertation study-unit in the second year of studies.

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. 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 determine:

What is expected from an MSc dissertation;
How to search for and use relevant literature;
How to correctly reference literature;
How to conduct evaluations;
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 publish papers.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Vaishnavi, V. K., and Kuechler, W., Jr., 2007, Design Science Research Methods and Patterns: Innovating Information and Communication Technology. Auerbach Publications. ISBN: 1420059327.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Micallef

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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