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IR5902 Research Methods

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:3.00 pm Mon (lecture) 10.30 am - 11.30 pm Tue (tutorial)

This module will present appropriate research methods to enable students to critically understand the professional literature, and to lay the foundations to enable students to engage in further research. The broad aim of this module is to provide students with sufficient research skills to identify, read and understand professional literature, and to undertake their own research activities. It will introduce critical elements of research methodology, introduce and develop skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, describe and illustrate literature and documentation search and retrieval strategies, and provide an introduction to the role of the intelligence analyst as a practical example.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for the Terrorism and Political Violence Postgraduate Programme - full time mode.

Optional for International Relations MRes Programme

PG Anti-requisite(s):IR5952
PG Modules required for:IR5999

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture and 1.5-hour tutorial per week + advertised office hours plus online material.

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Argomaniz
Module teaching staff: