Short Title:Research Methods and Proposal Writing
Full Title:Research Methods and Proposal Writing
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:RMPW H6000
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Computer Science
Module Delivered in 1 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 according to a devised methodology, derive results, and analyse those results. To produce a proposal for a research project.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Write an appropriately cited and structured academic paper in an appropriate style
LO2 Critically analyse a set of research papers
LO3 Develop a clearly defined research question for a research project, and produce a detailed research project proposal
LO4 Select, design and apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative research techniques
 

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 general field of software operations and development. Produce a literature survey and critique of the state of the art in the area 1,2 40.00 Ongoing
Continuous Assessment Write a research project proposal. The proposal will contain a definition of the research question, a detailed literature survey, a description of the research methodology to be followed, and a project plan for the research. 1,2,3,4 60.00 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 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Seminars Independent Learning 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent Learning 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Seminars Talks and seminars 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent Learning 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Institutes of Technology Ireland Research Alliance 2014, Research Methods Manual
Recommended Book Resources
  • [by] Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon [and] Lynn Lyons Morris, How to analyze data, 2nd Ed., Newbury Park, Calif., Sage Publications [c.1987] [ISBN: 9780803931336]
  • Steven J. Taylor and Robert Bogdan 2015, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: A Guidebook and Resource, 4th Ed., Wiley
  • 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]
  • 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_KDVOP_M MSc in Computing with Development Operations 3 Mandatory