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Course summary

Congratulations on completing this short course. In the video, Yung-Fang Chen thanks you for taking part in the course and concludes by inviting you to consider continuing your study with …

Review of the week

This week you have… Discovered why a careful review of the literature is important when embarking on new research Joined Holly to learn more complex ways to locate resources online …

Analysing academic literature

Critical analysis of an academic article is a far more involved process than casual reading. You should approach the task systematically and be prepared to cross reference between various sections …

Reviewing the literature

The main purpose of the literature review is to set the context of your research. A literature review offers you the opportunity to engage with other researchers in a written …

The literature search

Research work involves the use of substantial published literature, and it is an expectation for researchers to make proper critical use of relevant sources. The library is usually the first …

Welcome back

Welcome to the second week of this course on Research Perspectives and Practice. Last week you heard from three academics about their approaches to research. This week we will look …

Review of the week

This week you have… Explored the meaning of research Identified the steps required to successfully carry out your own project Shared potential questions that you would like to address in …

Case study three: mixed methods

Finally watch an interview with Dr Burcak Basbug Erkan who introduces her research using a mixed methods approach. Her research investigated methods to reduce risk within the mining industry in …

Case study two: qualitative research

Now watch the video in which Dr Jade Catterson describes her research. Jade’s work has explored the lives of street connected young people living in disaster prone societies in the …

Case study one: quantitative research

Watch the video in which Dr Matthew Blackett describes his approach to research. Mathew’s work is focused in the area of physical geography and natural hazards. Specifically he researches approaches …

Research methods

In this section you will explore different approaches to research and see how they are applied to the emergency management sector. There are three broad approaches to research: quantitative, qualitative …

Introduction to online resources for research

In this video, Holly Singleton, a Coventry University librarian, discusses how to carry out a library search for subject specific material. She covers: How to tailor your search to your …

Planning your research project

A common reason why students experience difficulty in executing their research is down to lack of planning. Time is a key resource in your research and as such has to …