COM3005: Introducing Research Skills

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the module, you should be able to:

1. Describe and present information from the given data.
2. Understand how to plan research on a given topic.
3. Collate, structure, present, and use information from data.
4. Be able to utilize this information to inform your own writing.

Formative Tasks

Formative Task 1 – Narrowing down your research topic
Choose your research topic from the list above. The topics we have given you are really large topics. Good research projects look at a small part of a larger topic. One of the first things a researcher should do, therefore, is narrow down the topic so that you are researching something more specific.

Formative Task 2 – Choosing academic sources

A key stage of any research project is to do some background research on your topic. Using the University online library, locate and select 4 academic sources relating to your research topic. Appropriate sources include academic journal articles, textbooks, reports, conference papers, and books/chapters from edited books.

Formative Task 3 – Understanding primary research methods

Choose two of the following primary research methods and compare and contrast their usefulness as methods. Think about: how much skill is needed by the researcher, how quick and easy they are to implement on a practical level, and what kind of data you would get from them.

  • Observation
  • Surveys
  • Interviews
  • Focus groups.