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EDUC6448 Collecting & Analysing Data in Education

Module Overview

This modules complements the knowledge you gained in the "Making Sense of Education Research" module and helps to move you from a consumer of research to a creator of research. In this module you will develop your skills in collecting and analysing data for education research, in particular for your dissertation.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collect data using variety of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Evaluate and select appropriate research designs to investigate research problems
  • Analyse and interpret data using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Critically consider the ethical issues surrounding research in education.
  • Develop proposals appropriate for small scale research in education


The content of the module will typically cover: - Research problems and questions - Research designs such as Surveys, Experiments, Ethnography, Phenomenology, Case Studies - Systematic Reviews and Secondary Data Analysis - Research Methods such as Questionnaires, Interviews, Observations and Document Analysis - Using mixed methods (designs) - Quantitative methods of data analysis (such as descriptive and inferential statistics) - Qualitative methods of data analysis (such as content analysis, thematic analysis and grounded theory)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include: -Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos - Lecture notes - written by the module tutors - Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts - Written tasks submitted via private blogs or discussion forums - Online activities - such as quizzes and tests - Individual and Group tutorials via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)

Follow-up work18
Practical classes and workshops6
Completion of assessment task60
Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Extra Reading. During each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University’s library

Muijs, D. (2010). Doing quantitative research in education with SPSS. (Core Textbook). 

Creswell, J W (2012). Educational Research: Planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (Core Textbook). 

Thomas, G. (2013). How to do your research project: A guide for students in education and applied social sciences. (Core Textbook). 

Punch, K. & Oancea, A (2014). Introduction to research methods in education. (Core Textbook). 


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Poster  (500 words) 15%
Research proposal  (3500 words) 85%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Four core textbooks Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line.

Travel Costs for placements

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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