ARP4041 – Research Theory and Practice

Module Overview

This module enables students’ actively to engage with the research process and prepares them for conducting research at postgraduate level. It addresses issues such as the nature of scientific inquiry and its place in modern society, the characteristics of current research methodologies, the selection of methods and project design, obtaining research funding, project management and producing professional research outputs. A particular focus is on the different assumptions that underlie modern research methodologies and specifically on the differences between phenomenological and logical positivist approaches, as well as their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Learning outcomes

You will gain an understanding of what research is and how it is embedded in modern society, as well as a practical understanding of how common quantitative and qualitative techniques are used in different research contexts and how their application is built into research planning and operationalisation. You will also develop a better understanding of the processes of bidding for research funds and producing professional research outputs.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Dirk Brandherm

Other Contributors: ArcPal Staff

Note: Some modules may not be offered every year