20 credits at level HE5
This module introduces students to the theory and practice of research. Where relevant, it serves to prepare students for their final year dissertation.
The nature of research
Academic and applied research
Quantitative and Qualitative research
Inductive and deductive research
Primary and secondary data
Developing a research project
Preparing a research proposal
Undertaking a literature review
Constructing a research framework
Research methods - direct observation, questionnaires, structured, semi-structured and focused interviews
Collating and analysing results
The taught element of the module will be delivered over 21 weeks (all of semester one and part of semester 2)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate an understanding of research||be able to develop a research project|
|2.||demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative data||be able to appraise the relative value of qualitative and quantitative data|
|3.||demonstrate an ability to design an original research project||be able to prepare a research proposal|
|4.||demonstrate an ability to select, justify and apply a research method||be able to justify the selection of an appropriate research method|
|5.||apply transferrable skills||be able to apply data gathering and inter--personal skills|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Description and justification of proposed research topic. Week 8||Literature Review Week 14||Statement and Justification Method Week 21|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bell J., (1999) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education and social science, 3rd edition, Buckingham: Open University Press.
Clark, M. et al. (1998) Researching and writing dissertations in hospitality and tourism, London: Thomson International Business Press.
Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Lowe, A. (2001) Management research: an introduction, London: Sage.
Grix, J. (2004) The foundations of research, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Long, J. (2007) Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism. London: Sage
Mann, P. (1985) Methods of social investigation, Oxford: Blackwell.
Marshall, P. (1997) Research methods: how to design and conduct a successful project, Oxford: How To Books.
Mason, J. (2002) Qualitative researching, 2nd edition, London: Sage.
Moser, C. and Kalton, G. (1971) Survey methods in social investigation, 2nd. edition, London: Heinemann.
*Robson, C. (2002) Real world research: a resource guide for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell.
Ruane, J. M. (2005) Essentials of research methods: a guide to social science research, Oxford: Blackwell.
* Veal A. (1997) Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism, 2nd. edition, London: Pitman.
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