IS40940 Applied Research Methods

Academic Year 2023/2024

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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Curricular information is subject to change

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


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




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
Examination: Final exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No


Assignment: qual/quant data collection instrument (pairs) Unspecified n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: scenario response (team) Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
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

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) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 12:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Wed 14:00 - 14:50