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ARTD6088 Research Skills (studio based)

Module Overview

• equip you with a thorough grounding in research skills as a basis for your research at postgraduate level and within a professional context appropriate to your discipline • provide you with an opportunity to undertake research within the particular context of your discipline giving consideration to methods across theory and practice • explore methods and approaches to the analysis of visual, written and material sources and to consider how such analysis might be employed and integrated into original research • enable you to plan and pursue an independent research project

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• equip you with a thorough grounding in research skills as a basis for your research at postgraduate level and within a professional context appropriate to your discipline • provide you with an opportunity to undertake research within the particular context of your discipline giving consideration to methods across theory and practice • explore methods and approaches to the analysis of visual, written and material sources and to consider how such analysis might be employed and integrated into original research • enable you to plan and pursue an independent research project

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Approaches to research at a postgraduate level
  • The research process from hypothesis to completion
  • How to access primary and secondary sources
  • How sources can be investigated, recorded and used
  • methods of preparing, presenting and disseminating research
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of critical approaches to research in your discipline
  • Compare, evaluate and select appropriate research techniques to advance your ideas
  • Apply methodologies appropriately to your research area
  • Analyse, critique, synthesise and develop ideas applicable to your research
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Locate, analyse and synthesise information, ideas, drawing balanced and insightful conclusions
  • Construct effective research proposals
  • Interrogate a variety of sources and perspectives from a number of standpoints
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas, based on evidence and considered argument.

Syllabus

This module, which operates across all the masters’ programmes, is based on the understanding that research will be conducted either through or about practices. The module will introduce you to the question of research in the context of your practice. We will examine research approaches focusing on the relationship of theory to the work of practitioners. The module will also cover designing the research question, developing models for research, locating and interrogating sources and methodological analyses. Finally we will address the structuring of research outcomes and their presentation and dissemination.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • seminars • IT demonstrations • library research skills introduction Learning activities include • seminar presentations • reading and private study • development of a detailed proposal for either an academic or a professional project Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes This module will be directed by lectures which will provide the intellectual and skills framework to preface a series of workshops drawing on case studies from your selected pathway, but equipping you with research skills that are common to all of the disciplines. In seminars you will explore the nature of research as it relates to your area of interest and your self-initiated work. This module focuses on developing the different facets of carrying out research at Masters level. The assessments help you to apply the relevant skills you will be developing throughout this module.

TypeHours
Teaching30
Independent Study170
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Michael Polanyi (2009). The Tacit Dimension. 

Donald A Schon (1991). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. 

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2009). Doing and Writing Action Research. 

Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison (2007). Research Methods in Education. 

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2009). You and Your Action Research Project. 

Assessment

Formative

Assignment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1500 words) 40%
Illustrated research proposal  (2250 words) 60%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1500 words) 40%
Illustrated research proposal  (2250 words) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated research proposal  (2250 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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