BIO09062 2016 Research Methods Biopharma

General Details

Full Title
Research Methods Biopharma
Transcript Title
Research Methods Biopharma
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Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
LIFE - Life Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sharon Barrett, Margaret Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_SBPRO_M09 201600 Master of Science in Bioprocessing SG_SBPRO_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Bioprocessing SG_SBPRO_M09 201600 Master of Science in Bioprocessing

The purpose of this module is to complete a research proposal which will subsequently form part of the MSc thesis. Students will have the opportunity to formulate their research topic, develop a research schedule and select appropriate methodologies for their particular research project. The learner will study different research methods, learn how to analyse research reports and data, analyse qualitative and quantitative research data, disseminate research in terms of reports and journal publications, and communicate effectively their research outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


On successful completion of this module the learner will/should be able to…

  • Produce a research proposal document.
  • Select and critically apply an appropriate research strategy.
  • Undertake a literature search and generate a literature review on a research topic.
  • Select and apply an appropriate research methodology. (e.g. Surveys / Questionaires)
  • Identify, construct, and test a research hypothesis and null hypothesis.
  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative research data.
  • Communicate effectively their research outcomes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Distance Learning Suite





Independent Learning


Moodle Resources and Activities




Module Assessment Strategies

Submission of a project scope document

Submission of a project proposal document

Multiple Choice Questions on Different areas of the Syllabus

Generation of Survey / Questionnaire


Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

1. The Foundations of Research Philosophy and Components of Research. Model of scientific inquiry. Applied versus Basic research. Conceptualising and Problem Formulation. Developing the research hypothesis. What makes a good hypothesis

2. Selecting a problem and Reviewing the research Reviewing the literature, Use of primary sources, Use of computers in research search. Use of online searches and web engines., Referencing

3. Sampling and the Theory of Measurement Populations and samples. Sampling strategies: random sampling, systematic sampling, stratified sampling, cluster sampling. Sampling error. The measurement process. Levels of measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio. Reliability. Types of reliability: test-retest reliability, parallel forms, inter-rater, internal consistency. Validity. Types of validity: content validity, criterion validity, construct validity.

4. Method of Measuring Behaviour Tests and their development. Types of tests: achievement tests, multiple choice achievement items. Attitude tests. Likert scale.

5. Nonexperimental Research Methods Descriptive research. Case studies. Advantages and disadvantages of case study method. Survey research. Questionnaire design. Layout and Structure of questionnaires. Interviewing method. Strengths and weaknesses of interviewing. The interview process. Developmental research: Longitudinal method, cross-sectional methods, Use of follow-up studies. Correlation research.

6. Data Analysis Analysis of quantitative data: Use of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, tests of significance, p value, measures of association. Analysis of qualitative data.

7. The Reporting of Research Writing a research proposal. Evaluating previous studies. Writing a research manuscript. Research presentations and evaluation. Plagiarism. Ethics in research

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment and Quiz Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013 Business Research - A Practical Guide. 4th edition Palgrave

Recommended Reading
2009 Writing Scientific Research Articles Wiley Blackwell

Recommended Reading
2002 Research Methods for Postgraduates, 2nd Edition, Arnold

Recommended Reading
2000 Exploring Research, International Edition, 6 edition Prentice Hall

Module Resources

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