RDEV40460 Research Methods Part II

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed for students in the Graduate Programmes in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Agirucltural Innovation Support, and Agricultural Extension and Innnnovation. It focuses on developing students' own research skills in analysing, interpreting and presenting research findings and on their ability to critique research reports. Skills will de developed in analysing both qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate software.

This module serves as a follow-on from RDEV40450 (Research Methods - Part 1).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- prepare data for analysis
- analyse quantitative data using MS Excel and SPSS
- analyse qualitative data using appropriate computer software
- present and defend research findings.

Indicative Module Content:

Stages in data analysis
Qualitative data analysis - data preparation; coding; data analysis (MS Excel; NVivo); presenting results
Quantitative data analysis - data preparation; data transformation; univariate and bivariate analysis; inferential statistics; presenting results
Presenting mixed methods results

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Computer Aided Lab


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The content for this module will be delivered through class based lectures, computer aided labs and task-based workshops as well as Brightspace-facilitated groupwork. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

RDEV40450 Research Methods Part 1

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
RDEV40450 - Research Methods Part I

Research Methods (RDEV40260)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: A group report on the findings from the analysis of a given set of qualitative data. Peer assessment of individual contribution will be incorporated. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Group Project: A group report on the analysis (uni- and bi-variate) of a given set of quantitative data. Grading will incorporate peer assessment of individual contribution to the group. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: 2 individual projects Varies over the 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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual continual assessment will be graded using a rubric and class feedback given within two weeks of submission. For the group projects, formative feedback will be given at various stages of projects' development. The group project will be graded using a rubric, and class and group feeback will be given prior to the end of the semester. Peer assessment of the contributions of individuals to the group will be taken into account for an individual grade. Each group member will receive feedback on their peers' assessment of their contribution.

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, 23, 24, 26, 29, 31 Fri 15:00 - 16:50