IS40590 Research Methods

Academic Year 2017/2018

This module is an introduction to the research process and methods used in information and library science. It covers the early stages of the research process, including identifying important and realistic research topics, critiquing literature and conducting a literature review, the role and uses of methods, research ethics, and presenting research. The module is a core module in the MLIS, GradDip, MA, and MSc programmes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify a problem relevant to your programme and explain in depth how it can be addressed using research methods and associated concepts and theories.2. Critique and evaluate an example(s) of research from existing literature relevant to your programme.3. Demonstrate how you have considered ethical dimensions of research throughout the module.4. Provide insight into how research methods and design can be utilised to meet your future professional goals.5. Work effectively as a team to determine a solution and communicate the results from collected data using statistical analysis.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Description % of Final Grade Timing
Essay: Portfolio paper


Coursework (End of Trimester)
Group Project: Statistics project


Week 12


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


Students will complete a 7500 word research proposal by a specfied date with a grade capped at a D-.

Name Role
Dr Claire McGuinness Lecturer / Co-Lecturer