Online Distance Learning Courses
To develop learners' skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programme and professional development.
This unit is designed to enable learners to become confident using research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. To complete the unit satisfactorily, learners must also understand the theory that underpins formal research.
The actual research depends on the learner, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. The unit draws together a range of other areas from within the programme to form a holistic piece of work that will make a positive contribution to the learner's area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting their research project.
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
1 Understand how to formulate a research specification
2 Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification
3 Be able to evaluate the research outcomes
4 Be able to present the research outcomes.