Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module concentrates on drawing together students’ previous research knowledge and experience at undergraduate level, challenging their understanding of academic research and of applied research within the design industries. The module offers students a broad grounding in methods and processes of social science research and prepares them with the understanding and skills needed to rigorously design, conduct, report and evaluate research. Students will be exposed to a variety of cutting-edge research practices and will also be introduced to opportunities and challenges of conducting applied research using some of the main data collection and analysis techniques that are relevant to industry. The course is built around three complementary strands: Advanced social science research training; discipline specific research training; industry research commissioning and interpretation.
The Module introduces research philosophies and theoretical ideas underpinning research before focusing on a variety of research methods, which they will get hands-on experience of using. With an understanding of these key issues, students will then design, conduct and interpret research in small groups and will be encouraged to present findings in creative ways and in-line with industry trends. There will be an emphasis on the integration of academic and industry based research.
Broadly the module will be split into 3 core areas:
A student passing this module should be able to:
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