IS40940 Applied Research Methods

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is an introduction to the research process and methods used in information studies. 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 in the context of applied work.

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Learning Outcomes:

1. Explain research philosophies.
2. Apply research methods to applied contexts.
3. Understand and Develop a basic research design.
4. Perform basic statistical analyses.
5. Design effective surveys, questionnaires, and interview protocols for applied work.

Indicative Module Content:

Research methods, basic statistical analysis

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; problem-based learning. 
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
Group Project: group project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Self-reflection for learning goals Week 1 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Group Project: Group project progress report Week 10 n/a Graded No


Class Test: statistics quiz Week 7 n/a Graded No


Essay: personal reflection Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Group Project: One page proposal template & team planning worksheet Week 7 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

feedback after assessment submitted