Short Title:Research Metholodogy 1
Full Title:Research Metholodogy 1
Module Code:REMT H2001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:Elizabeth Mathews
Module Description:To assess the purpose of research. To examine how social research impacts upon the Social Care profession and its client groups. To enable student to use quantitative research techniques to answer a research question if appropriate
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the importance and relevance of research to the field of Social Science.
LO2 Identify the various stages of the research process.
LO3 Assess ethical issues in research.
LO4 Design and conduct quantitative research from the planning stage to production of a final report.
LO5 Use SPSS to input and analyse data.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to research
The role of research. Carrying out a literature review. Formulating a research question. Ethical considerations (informed consent).
Mathematics for Quantitative Methodology
Basic statistics for research. Interpreting statistics in research reports.
Questionnaire Design and Analysis
Questionnaire Design, Construction, Piloting, Administration and Analysis. The types and qualities of sampling methods in quantitative methodology. (Probability and non-probability sampling methods). Variables and relationships between variables.
SPSS Training (Focus of Lab. Sessions)
Basic Applications. Creating a data set. Assigning measurement levels to variables. Running Frequencies. Recoding Variables. Crosstabs. Extracting tables and charts including histograms. Running Cross-tabs and use of Multiple Response tables. Running Statistical Significance tests.
Interpreting and Disseminating Results
Validity/Reliability Issues in Quantitative Research. Quantitative Research Report Writing.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students to design, administer and analyse data from a quantitative project using questionnaires. SPSS skills to be demonstrated. 3,4,5 50.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment Class test on quantitative research methodology. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Salkind, N 2011, Statistics for People Who (think they) Hate Statistics, 2nd Ed., Sage
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bryman, Alan 2001, Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press
  • Robson Colin 2003, Real World Research, Blackwell Publishing
  • Kiinnear and Gray 2001, SPSS for Windows Made Simple, Psychology Press Taylor and Francis Group
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 5 Mandatory