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Independent Research Project: Methodology and Methods

Select your methodology, gain ethics approval and identify the evidence needed to support your project.

  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Explore the research methodology and methods required for your research project

Your methodology determines how you will go about gathering evidence and analysing it, in order to answer your research question. This course covers quality, ethics, selecting your methodology, and gathering and analysing evidence.

What topics will you cover?

During this course you will cover the following topics:

  • The link between methods and research design
  • The criteria for judging research quality
  • Practical advice on using different research methods
  • Issues of ethics in research, and how to avoid them

This is supported through the following activities:

  • Considering how you will ensure your research has rigour and will demonstrate quality
  • Investigating the ethics requirements in relation to your research methods
  • Selecting and justifying a methodology for your independent research project
  • Listing the data and evidence you need, including the reasons for it, what resources you need, and how long each piece of evidence would take to collect

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

Postgraduate students undertaking their final project.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Hilary Mc Laughlin-Stonham
Associate Lecture for Masters Level Courses. Hilary has taught at Universities both in the UK and abroad and is currently research active. PhD, Ma, Ma, AFHEA.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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