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Research and Writing Skills for Dissertations and Projects

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Preparing your research and managing your supervisor (50 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some of the key points in getting started on the dissertation or project, and working with a supervisor. This includes generating ideas, choosing the research area and understanding the expectations and role of the supervisor.

Pass mark: 80%
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Project-management techniques (50 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some of the strategies, techniques and tools required to help with the planning and management of the project, including dealing with stakeholders and identifying risks.

Pass mark: 80%
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Managing your time (40 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some of the ways in which time and work can be organised and managed. It suggests tools and strategies for helping with day-to-day time management, notetaking and keeping project records.

Pass mark: 80%
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The literature review (35 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some of the important stages in undertaking a literature review. It covers how to search for and evaluate the literature, reading and notetaking approaches, and structuring and writing the literature review.

Pass mark: 80%
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The importance of ethics (45 mins) Preview Course

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This module will introduce you to some key areas related to ethics in research. It includes ethics principles and terms, the implications of poor ethics, approval, consent and integrity.

Pass mark: 80%
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Research methodology and methods (30 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces qualitative and quantitative research methods. It looks at the difference between methodology and methods, choosing the right approach and the relationship between the question or hypothesis and the methodology.

Pass mark: 80%
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Data collection methods (60 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some specific research approaches and data collection methods, including interviews, focus groups, questionnaire and survey design, and types of experiments.

Pass mark: 80%
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Data analysis (35 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some main points related to quantitative and qualitative data analysis and suggests how data can be presented. It looks at data types and statistical tests, as well as data reduction, conclusion drawing and the limitations of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Pass mark: 80%
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Structuring the argument and chapters (40 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some key elements in building an argument and structuring the work. It includes analysis and discussion, the basic components of an argument, and how to structure the argument and chapters. It also looks at the key components of a dissertation.

Pass mark: 80%
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Writing up and disseminating your research (45 mins) Preview Course

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This module introduces some key points in writing, refining and disseminating the work. It offers suggestions on writing and refining the first draft, and dealing with writer’s block. It also covers analysis and synthesis, and ideas on how and where to disseminate the work.

Pass mark: 80%
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