Approaches and applied Research Methods (BACD4) Honours EDUC4086

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is an applied and advanced undergraduate research methods course. It is directly designed to support students to understand the theoretical and practical application of research. It explores various methodological approaches to research and critiques their application in the field of community development.



15 sessions at 4 hours per session = 60 hours

Requirements of Entry

Completion of level 3, or equivalent, with a GPA of 12 (C3) across levels 1, 2, and 3


Research Project (BACD4)


1- Group presentation on a methodological approach (LO2, 3, 4) - (20 minute group presentation - 25%)

2- Research Proposal (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) (2000 words - 50%)

3- Reflective review (in the form of a viva) (LO 3, 4) - (15 minute individual - 25%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide instruction and support in the development of research methodology, including theoretical frameworks, methods, analysis, representation and knowledge exchange strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


LO1 Design and develop a research proposal based on an area of interest or need within the community

LO2 Critique and evaluate research theories and approaches

LO3 Articulate the validity and effectiveness of chosen approaches and frameworks

LO4 Present their work in a coherent and well-structured way, both orally and through written text

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed