Short Title:Introduction to Research Methods
Full Title:Introduction to Research Methods
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:REMT H4002
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Philip Russell
Module Description:This module aims to provide the learner with an introduction and overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods relevant to the role of a Social Care Worker. Learners will be introduced to key components of research, different approaches to conducting research and the relationship between research, theory and practice. This module will also foster an approach to research methodology and ethics that is related to social care. In order to progress, all components of module assessment must be passed by students – failure to successfully to complete any component will require repeat assessment/exam.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically understand the role, importance and relevance of research in the Social Care field.
LO2 Identify the various stages of the research process and understand qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
LO3 Understand how to design and conduct quantitative and qualitative research, from the planning stage to the production of a final written research report in preparation for a full research project.
LO4 Identify ethical issues and understand these issues within social care research and practice.
LO5 Identify and use appropriate applications to input, analyse and report quantitative and qualitative data.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Students will submit a reflective piece relating to ethics while on placement. 1,2,4 50.00 n/a
Project Students will produce a written research proposal on an agreed topic relating to Social Care. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 n/a
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 No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Bryman, A. 2015, Social Research Methods, 5th Edition Ed., Oxford University Press. Oxford
  • Denscombe, M. 2017, The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects., OUP Maidenhead
  • Salkind, N. 2016, Statistics for People Who (think they) Hate Statistics, 4th Edition Ed., Sage Publications. London
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bell, J. and Waters, S. 2014, Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers., OUP Maidenhead
  • Flick, U. 2014, An Introduction to Qualitative Research., Sage London
  • Punch, F 2013, Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches., Sage. London
  • Richie, J. 2013, Qualitative Research Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers, Sage. London
  • Thomas, G. 2017, How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences., Sage London
  • Wisker, G 2009, The Undergraduate Research Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan London
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 5 Mandatory