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Foundations in Research

A module specifically designed for the prospective learner who has not attained a level 8 qualification or who does not have research at Level 8.

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: 13 Weeks

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Credits: 10

Fee: 

€640

Why Study?

This module is specifically designed for the prospective learner who has not attained a level 8 qualification or who does not have research at level 8.

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.

Programme Modules

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

 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Produce written work that demonstrates appropriate scholarly academic writing including structure, style and referencing.
  2. Critically understand the methods of critical writing as a method of formulating arguments, hypotheses and theories within an academic context.
  3. Summarise the contribution of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and its application to professional practice and professional development.
  4. Critically analyse research methodologies and methods and their application to professional practice, including pragmatic research methods.
  5. Critically evaluate research studies.
  6. Critically evaluate ethical debates within the context of research.

Syllabus: 

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.

Essential Information: 

The next intake for this module is September 2021.

This module will be delivered via blended learning - 3 hours per week with a tuitorial once a month.

 

How to Apply

***Applications can be made online at https://apply.gmit.ie, please select application type X8 Single Modules Level 8 (Mayo)***.

This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application.

If you have any queries on this please email Learn

 

Fee

The fee for this module is €640.

 

 

Contact Us

Dr Maura Fitzsimons

Email: maura.fitzsimons@gmit.ie