Τhe module exposes students to contemporary perspectives in academic research, and in particular focuses on developing a range of skills affecting the identification and formulation of project titles. Special focus is placed on the critical review of available literature and information resources, the use of online databases and other sources. Emphasis is given to the methods used in scientific research, reviewing a range of statistical and non-statistical methods of analyses appropriate for projects in terms of both qualitative and quantitative research. Finally, students will become aware of any research issues associated with conducting research.
Seminars on the process and expectations of the module will be arranged at the early stage of the module. The librarian will also be leading sessions on the use of the library resources that students may need. Lab sessions of analysing primary and secondary data are provided. Furthermore, academic writing sessions will be held.
Students initially develop a range of skills involved in putting forward a research proposal; including framing research questions, reviewing the literature and choosing appropriate methodologies for different types of study.
BCA provides an academic supervisor for tutorial input to the research project. Appreciating the dynamics of the student-supervisor relationship is essential to facilitate effective supervision. Also understanding the ‘ground-rules’ helps to ensure a rewarding experience for both students and staff.
Supervisors are allocated after the research proposal submission. Course leaders, research methods lecturers and research project co-ordinators seek to match up the interests of staff with the topics chosen by students in their research proposal.