This module provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of skilled essay writing, debates and critical analysis. It furnishes the learner
with the opportunity to develop and further refine writing, research skills and theories of research methodologies
Produce written work that demonstrates appropriate scholarly academic writing including structure, style and referencing.
Critically understand the methods of critical writing as a method of formulating arguments, hypotheses and theories within an academic context.
Summarise the contribution of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and its application to professional practice and professional development.
Critically analyse research methodologies and methods and their application to professional practice, including pragmatic research methods.
Critically evaluate research studies.
Critically evaluate ethical debates within the context of research.
Critically understand the principles of academic writing; formulating arguments, hypotheses and theories within an academic context. Critical analysis and critical writing skills. Judgement making and the quality of evidence. Evaluating evidence. Structuring assignments.
Searching literature. Peer reviewed research. Sourcing appropriate information. Reviewing literature. Critiquing skills. Evidence based practice.
Characteristics of Quantitative and qualitative research. Descriptive research, experiments, narrative research, grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology.
Data collection methods; interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, observations. Sampling methods in qualitative and quantitative research.
Probability and non probability sampling. Pilot studies. Validity and reliability.
Ethics and research. Consent, vulnerable populations, ethical approval, international codes and guidelines in ethics. The researcher and ethics.
Data analysis in research; ensuring rigour. Thematic analysis. statistics; levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, computer assisted data analysis.