RSCH08006 2013 Research Methods

General Details

Full Title
Research Methods
Transcript Title
Research Methods
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Subject Area
RSCH - Research
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Ian McLoughlin, James Moran
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_K08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_K08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This module is designed to develop process, presentation and project management skills to prepare learners to complete their research projects. The module explores literature gathering and sourcing, assessing information, scientific report writing, research project planning and management. Together with their research project it provides students with a taster for scientific research and develops a more in depth understanding of how science works (the scientific method) and how information is gathered and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an understanding  of the scientific research process (from formulating questions and hypothesis to quantitative and qualitative research methods to research reporting and the peer review process)


Assess and critically evaluate various literature sources and conduct a literature review


Develop a research proposal


Report and present research findings clearly and precisely

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of continuous assessment and course work. Assessments are designed to indicate progress towards achievement of learning outcomes and to incentivise student learning.  

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

The scientific method and an introduction to the research process

Research ethics

Literature review (conducting a literature review and critical analysis of research literature)

Quantitative versus qualitative research methods

Sampling and experimental design

Research proposals

Research project planning and management  

Research presentation: report and paper writing

The peer review process

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Participation in group discussions and peer review of each other work Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Performance Evaluation Assessment of quality of feedback to group members (written evidence and group interview) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2
3 Short Answer Questions Qs on ethical, legal and social issues related to research project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 6 1
4 Written Report Mini literature review Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 8 1,2,4
5 Written Report Research proposal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 12 1,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lectures on key research methods topics 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Combination of short presentation, group participation and exercises on research topics 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Tutorial Computer Laboratory IT for research methods 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent learning 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Harrad, S., Batty, L., Diamond, M. & Arhonditsis, G. 2008. Students projects in environemntal science. Wiley
Leedy, P.D. & Ormrod, J. E. 2010. Practical Research. Planning and Design. 9th Edn. Pearson Education International
Other Resources

Additional resources will be made available on IT Sligo learn online system (Moodle). Will contain pdfs of powerpoint lectures and links to additional reading material for selected topics

Additional Information