Course: Practice-Based Research 1

Course Code: PDC510
Credits: 30

The purpose of the module is twofold. It aims to develop the reflexive and critical understanding of the epistemological debates and commitments which underpin the research the students will undertake. It is designed to challenge the students to reflect upon how their own and alternative modes of engagement influence their understandings of events and processes within practice-based research. Students will be introduced to the various approaches to the study of epistemology to enable them to select the approach best suited to their own research and which will include positivism, constructivism and critical theory.

The second aim of the module is to develop an understanding of the methodology of research and the particular approach which would reflect the epistemology of the research project undertaken. To this end, students will be introduced to the theoretical debates surrounding the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods. They will also develop an understanding of how philosophical issues will affect the relationship between data and theory, the overall design of the research and the validity, authenticity and trustworthiness of the research outcomes. Students will also develop an awareness of the ethical issues and debates within research.

Note: This course is available only through a programme of study.