Credits: 30 credits at Level 6.
This module forms part of the BA (Hons) Professional Practice course but is also available as a stand-alone module. The course is ideal if you are looking to expand your existing knowledge in the fields of research and innovation in practice. The course allows you to draw upon past research experience and to learn new ways of analysing the way in which your practice is run.
This course is designed to build on current knowledge of research, allowing you to explore a topic of interest and importance, with a view to developing a research project formulated to improve practice. Presentations and discussions in class will enhance knowledge of research including, but not exclusively, action research and evidence-based practice whilst exploring different theoretical perspectives that can be adopted when researching an area of practice.
Indicative content includes:
- The development of research in recent decades
- Evidence based practice professional development and research literacy
- Evaluate sources of professional practice and knowledge
- Systematic literature searching skills/data collection. Inclusion exclusion criteria
- Research literacy
- Examination of methods and research designs:
- Quantitative methods, designs and approaches (scientific/objectivity)
- Qualitative methods, designs and approaches - ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, action research, case studies (constructivist/subjectivity)
- An introduction to mixed method approaches - using both paradigms for research design
- Action research and developing collaborative and participatory frameworks of inquiry and working in action learning sets
- Researching within organisations, networks and partnerships
- Concepts of hierarchy of evidence, best available evidence and the underpinning philosophies of research. Issues of rigour, trustworthiness, bias, usability and generalisability
- Ethical principles and their effects on the research process, participants and organisational protocols
- Methods of data collection: measurements, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, interviews, psychometric tests, observations, audits and use of existing data set
What are the course entry requirements?
To apply for this course you must show evidence of prior study at level 5. Prior knowledge and understanding of research approaches and methodology is necessary in order to undertake this module.
How much does it cost
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks