EDUC42910 Research Methods 2 (Blended)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module follows on from Research Methods 1, which introduced students to the methods and skills needed to undertake postgraduate social science and educational research. This module will build on the previous module by developing student’s knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis. Students will gain experience in using SPSS to work with quantitative data from Growing Up in Ireland, and will conduct univariate and bivariate analyses. Students will also work with interview transcripts to apply coding and thematic analysis. Further qualitative methods such as Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis and Narrative Analysis will also be introduced.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will:

1. Be familiar with the concepts underlying the statistical analysis of quantitative data in educational research
2. Be competent in using SPSS to manage and manipulate quantitative data
2. Understand descriptive and inferential statistics and select appropriate techniques for answering specific research questions;
4. Be competent analysing and coding interview transcripts
5. Be able to apply thematic analysis and demonstrate familiarity with other forms of qualitative analysis
6. Be able to conduct and report on quantitative and qualitative analyses

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Blended Approach.
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Conduct and report on an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Coursework (End of Trimester) 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

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Name Role
Dr Olga Ioannidou Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Huichao Xie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer