CS957 – Research Methods

Credits 10
Level 5
Semester 2
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 12 | Tutorials: 0 | Labs: 6
Assignments: 40 | Self study: 42
Assessment One individual assignment which will require the student to write a research proposal in anticipation of undertaking the MSc dissertation.
Resit TBC
Lecturer Dr Perla Innocenti

General Aims

This module aims to:

  • provide students with an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research processes and associated techniques, including the effective presentation of findings in accordance with the best principles of scholarship.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:

  • appreciate the nature and application of selected statistical methods;
  • appreciate the range of qualitative research methods;
  • be able to write a research proposal;
  • be able to develop a research methodology for a given research problem
  • be able to undertake a research rush assessment including identification of management procedures.


  • Statistical methods
  • Data interpretation and presentation
  • Preparing a project proposal
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Risk management.

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Doing a successful research project: using qualitative or quantitative methods. Davies, M.B. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1403993793 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

How to find information: a guide for researchers. 2nd ed. Rumsey, S. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill. 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0335226313 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. Rudestam. K.E London: Sage Publications. 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1412916790 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)