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Research Methods

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Available in semester one or semester two


The module aims to enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding of approaches and techniques of quantitative and qualitative research and to equip students with the skills required to collect, collate, analyse, present and interpret data.

The module also provides a well-planned foundation for the dissertation.

Dates of Attendance: 

To be confirmed





Course modules

The research process, designing the research question; aims and objectives

  • The context of qualitative research.
  • Exploratory, descriptive and explanatory research.
  • The reflective practitioner.
  • Ethical issues.
  • Principles of action research, case studies.
  • Phenomenology, ethnography and grounded theory.
  • Inductive and deductive approaches.
  • Action research.
  • Data collection and analysis techniques.
  • Literature critique and review.
  • Qualitative sampling, access, resources.
  • Observation, interviews and surveys.
  • Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.
  • Triangulation.
  • The quantitative paradigm.
  • Inferential statistics.
  • Introduction to p values.
  • Hypothesis testing.
  • Confidence intervals.
  • Estimation.
  • Type I and type II errors.
  • Power analysis. 

4000 word essay weighting 100%

Students will be asked to select a research topic from a list and explore:

  • The significance and relevance of the research question.
  • Relevant qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  • Identify and justify an appropriate methodology.
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Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography