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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1443 Introduction to Research and Ethics

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Catherine Bates

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will allow students to develop an understanding of the process of planning and undertaking a research project. It will introduce students to the main types of research and examine the various elements of the research process and the ethical considerations required when undertaking a piece of individual research.


The aim of this module is to give students an introduction to interdisciplinary research and to designing a directed small-scale project. It seeks to familiarize the students with the process of conducting research, relevant methodologies and ethical issues

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
-a range of different disciplinary perspectives on research and how these interrelate
-the process of using different research methods and methodologies from different disciplines
-how to develop a focus and plan a small research project
-how to carry out and write a literature review for research
-ethical issues in research

Skills outcomes
- Research skills
- Ethics awareness
- Understanding of different ways of doing research
- Academic skills
- Writing skills


The module will cover main types of research, main quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, research ethics, finding a focus and formulation of research questions, conducting and writing a literature review and designing a research approach.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Time for private study is expected to break down as follows:

Reading and research 48 hours
Preparation for seminars 24 hours
Assignment Preparation 48 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via supervision meetings, student engagement in group seminars and via the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkLiterature review and reflections on the process of planning a research project (2,500 words)60.00
Case Study1500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:43


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