EDUC42890 Research Methods (Blended)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to equip students with the skills to plan, design and undertake high quality educational research. During the module, students will be taught how to prepare for a research project by conducting a critical review of relevant literature to inform their research questions and hypotheses. They will be introduced to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research designs, methods and approaches, as well ethical considerations underpinning educational research. Students will be given the opportunity to work in groups to discuss and plan research.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Identify the core principles of quantitative and qualitative research
2. Formulate research questions and select research designs appropriate to different research questions
3. Search for and critically review research literature
4. Understand a range of data collection and approaches and methods
5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in educational research
6. Describe a research design for a small-scale Masters-level research project

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Blended learning with content delivered online and supported by on campus workshops 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Short essay Week 8 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Poster Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Formative feedback on specific set tasks is provided during tutorials or discussion board posts. Feedback on assignments is provided at the end of the module.

Name Role
Dr Mags Liddy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Cliodhna Martin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Seaneen Sloan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Gavin Murphy Tutor
Dr Joyce Senior Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Sat 10:00 - 15:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 18:00 - 19:50