REMP21-Research Methods 2

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes

Email: r.j.nunes@henley.reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The module aims to develop students’ research and analytic skills and in particular prepare them for their independent study or dissertation research. Students will have developed and consolidated core skills in research methods and techniques in Research Methods 1 (REMP20) and in this module they further develop specialised research skills and understanding of research methodologies in relevant areas. Students will develop skills in evaluating research, writing a literature review, designing a research proposal and considering the ethical implications of the proposed study.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Identify research problems and questions; select appropriate methodology for answering research problems; design research projects to answer clearly defined questions.

Additional outcomes:
This Research Methods module should develop and enhance students’ more general transferable skills in the areas of: information technology usage; report writing; time management and planning. It is also intended to enable students to undertake dissertation or other independent research based on a robust methodological understanding.

Outline content:
•Identifying a research topic
•Styling a research argument and selecting sources;
•Managing research;
•Considering research ethics and plagiarism; and
•Delivering on research impact

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical IT/statistics workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Guided independent study 90
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In-class tutorials; online feedback

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable.

Requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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