Module Details

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Code ENVS441
Coordinator Dr MLT Rose
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


This module aims to introduce students to research methodology, philosophy, strategy and design, and to the ethical and practical considerations associated with conducting research.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of various qualitative research methods.
This module aims to enable students to develop the skills necessary to analyse qualitative data.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain knowledge of ontological and epistemological positions and their implications for research

(LO2) Students will gain an understanding of ethical issues in research

(LO3) Students will develop the skills needed to select appropriate qualitative research methods

(LO4) Students will develop the skills to plan and conduct research using qualitative methods

(LO5) Students will develop the skills to analyse qualitative data

(S1) Ethical awareness

(S2) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics



This module covers a broad range of topics around conducting research. The module includes consideration of methodology, research philosophy and design (eg case study, cross-sectional and mixed methods), research methods (eg interviews, focus groups and visual methods) and data analysis (eg thematic and content analysis). The module complements quantitative content delivered as part of ENVS450 and can be supplemented by further study of research philosophy and research methods offered by Sociology. Content is delivered through a series of lecture/workshops which cover each of the topics in an interactive fashion. Additional material will be provided online through VITAL and through the University Library, with an indicative reading list provided. Students will be expected to read widely and to engage in discussion throughout the module.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Interactive lectures including workshop elements.
Attendance Recorded: yes
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 12

Self-Directed Learning Description: Students are expected to read widely around qualitative research and methodologies.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Students present and critique an existing research design from literature. ONLINE There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessm  10 minutes    20       
Select and justify a set of research methods (qualitative or mixed methods) and provide critical evaluation and suggested applications There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for  3500 words    80       

Recommended Texts

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