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AUDI6004 Applied Research Methods

Module Overview

The aim of the module is to equip the student with the knowledge and understanding of what good research is in the area of Audiology and how it is performed, with skills to critically appraise research and with skills to support their research project in FEEG6012. The module comprises a number of lectures on various topics around the concept of research, experimental design, gathering and analysing data. This will provide a broad overview of research methodologies that enables the students to design, perform, analyse and report an in-depth research project in Audiology.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the main methods used for qualitative and quantitative research in Audiology, methods used for gathering and recording data and analysing them using appropriate statistical methods
  • Design and evaluate a research project in Audiology
  • Critically appraise published research in Audiology
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication


• Research Governance, risk assessment and ethical considerations for research in Audiology, • Collection of data • Principles of qualitative and quantitative research, samples and populations, scales and categories of measurement, validity, errors and bias, control groups and matched controls. • Between-subject and within-subject designs, • Statistical methods for hypothesis testing, • Concept of statistical power and calculation of sample size, • Measures and tests of association, • Critically appraise research publications • Interpretation and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative data • How to write a report

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Two 60-minute lectures per week in a formal classroom setting. During these lectures there may be small group work with 4 students per group discussing salient issues with feedback from each group to the whole class. • Computer room tutorials: statistics exercises using a statistical software package • Students have the opportunity to submit formative assignment that are similar in scope to the summative assignments. • Students will work in their own time in order to supplement lectures and practical skills.

Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Completion of assessment task50
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time150





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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