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Independent Research Project: Research Design

Investigate the importance of research design and decide which design will best fit your project.

  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Explore the purpose of research design

This course explores the purpose of research design, and will help you decide which design best fits the aim of your project. A research design is the logic that links together the aims, evidence and approaches used in the phenomena being explored. You will explore why it is important, and how to develop your research design.

What topics will you cover?

During this course you will cover the following topics:

  • Establishing the need for a research design
  • Discussing some different designs and the factors which influence the choice of research design
  • Illustrating the main steps when selecting a research design, using an example scenario

This is supported through the following activities:

  • Reviewing your research question, aim and objectives in light of the outputs and outcomes you expect to produce
  • Practicing matching a research design to the research aims and objectives
  • Producing a concise statement summarising your reasons for choosing the design you want to employ in your research project

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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