IS40820 Research Theory and Practice

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module serves as an introduction to the core aspects of the research process. It introduces the core facets of research practice, design and management, while also developing key skills associated with the research process. Students are introduced to key theoretical perspectives involved in the philosophy and politics of research, while providing a broad overview of the varying factors that make up research practice, such as research ethics, sampling and generalisability and developing research topics. To that end, while providing a broad overview of the research process, the course specifically focuses on the early stages of research practice, providing training in referencing and academic integrity, writing research questions, aims and objectives, critical reading skills, academic writing, critiquing literature, conducting a literature review and presenting research. Students will have the opportunity to use the skills from the module to develop a proposal for their respective programmes requirements around research and project management.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the research process.
2. Apply accepted techniques associated with academic writing.
3. Select, evaluate and critique information sources for academic research.
4. Demonstrate the ability to complete an academic literature review.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, Critical Reading and Writing, Reflective Learning, Class Debates

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: Literature Review Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Project Management Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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 Elizabeth Farries Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 16:50