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EDPK5003: Developing a Research Project

This unit is seen as the foundation unit in research methods and it provides an overview of the research process, with a focus on developing skills for critical evaluation of research reports and the design of research projects. Research strategies, sampling and design issues and various methods of data collection and analysis are examined. Students explore both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The assessment in this unit is developed around students' own research interests and by the end of the unit students will have developed their own research proposal document.

Code EDPK5003
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop and write a research proposal; with appropriate rationalisation for the choice of methods
  • LO2. access and synthesise published research reports; analysing the strengths and weaknesses of different research strategies and approaches to design, data collection and analysis
  • LO3. develop and specify appropriate, and focused, research questions
  • LO4. analyse the alignment between research questions and the research methods used to address them
  • LO5. identify and discuss ethical issues arising in research projects
  • LO6. analyse and constructively review their own, and others’, research proposals in terms of reliability and validity
  • LO7. understand and constructively critique qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to research.