Short Title:Research Methods
Full Title:Research Methods
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:REMT H6002
 
Credits: 10
Field of Study:Computer Science
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Reviewed By:FINBARR FEENEY
Module Author:GARY CLYNCH
Module Description:To be able to conduct academic research and write an appropriately cited and referenced academic paper and thesis; to conduct a literature review, to formulate a research question, conduct a piece of research, derive results, and formulate an analysis of the results using appropriate statictical methods. To be able to design and use a survey as part of a piece of research, to apply project management techniques to a research project, and to appreciate the ethical issues involved in research.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically analyse a set of research papers in a topic relating to Distributed and Mobile Computing or IT Management and synthesise a well founded critical review of these papers.
LO2 Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative research techniques to test a particular hypothesis.
LO3 Analyse statistical data, construct and test a hypothesis.
LO4 Select, design and apply appropriate qualitative research experiments for testing a research hypothesis
LO5 Explain the ethical issues involved in research
LO6 Design, plan and manage a piece of research work.
LO7 Develop and critically appraise a research question or hypothesis for testing as part of a piece of research work. Disseminate this work through appropriate channels.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment A well founded critical analysis of a set of research papers in the field of Distributed and Mobile Computing or IT Management. 1 20.00 Ongoing
Continuous Assessment Use standard qualitative research techniques to analyse a suitable research question. 4,5,6,7 25.00 Ongoing
Continuous Assessment Statistical analysis and presentation of data. This assignment will comprise the following elements (i) Plot data using an appropriate graph. (ii) Use the linear models to minimize standard error on the graph.(iii) Write a function to use the return value from a linear model to implement a general estimator function, that, given further x values will return the estimated y values using the coefficients. 3,4 30.00 Ongoing
Continuous Assessment Write a research proposal. The proposal will contain a definition of the research question, a literature survey, a description of the research methodology to be followed, a feasibility study and project plan for the research. 1,2,5,6 25.00 Ongoing
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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 Lecture 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Seminars Talks and seminars 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Independent Learning 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Seminars Talks and seminars 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Independent Learning 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Tony Greenfield, Sue Greener 2016, Research Methods for Postgraduates, 3rd Ed. [ISBN: 9781118341469]
  • Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon and Lynn Lyons Morris, How to analyze data, 2nd Ed., Sage London [ISBN: 9780803931336]
  • Ian Gregory 2003, Ethics in research, Continuum London [ISBN: 9780826464774]
  • Martyn Hammersley 1998, Reading ethnographic research, Longman Pub Group [ISBN: 9780582311046]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Project Management Institute (Corporate Author) 2013, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: Pmbok Guide, 4 Ed Ed., Project Management Institute [ISBN: 9781935589679]
  • A. N. Oppenheim 2001, Questionnaire design, interviewing and attitude measurement, Continuum London [ISBN: 9780826451767]
  • Matthew B. Miles, A. Michael Huberman 1994, Qualitative data analysis, Sage Publications Thousand Oaks [ISBN: 9780803955400]
  • William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook, Donald T. Campbell 2002, Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference, Houghton Mifflin Boston [ISBN: 9780395615560]
  • Andy Field 2005, Discovering statistics using SPSS [ISBN: 9780761944522]
  • Larry J. Stephens 2004, Advanced statistics demystified, McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 9780071432429]
  • Martyn Hammersley and Anna Traianou 2012, Ethics in Qualitative Research: Controversies and Contexts, Sage [ISBN: 9781446258200]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon 1984, Meta-analysis: an explication, British Educational Research Journal, 10, 135-143
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_KDMCO_M M. Sc. in Distributed and Mobile Computing 1 Mandatory
TA_KITMG_M M.Sc. in Information Technology Management 1 Mandatory
TA_KDMCO_PD Postgraduate Diploma in Distributed and Mobile Computing 1 Mandatory
TA_KITMG_PD Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 1 Mandatory