Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ERPM005: Designing and Communicating Research

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Shirley Larkin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Through this module you will develop your knowledge and skills in designing different kinds of research projects. You will also practise communicating research to an academic audience through a number of different media (oral and written). You do not need any prior educational research experience before taking this module. In the formative work you will be required to work collaboratively to develop a research design to a brief. This aims to mirror the real world of educational research where we often work with others, be that other researchers, education professionals or our research participants. Group discussions and activities throughout the module will enable you to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of conducting educational research. You will be introduced to different and innovative ways of conducting research which should stand you in good stead for designing your own future research projects. The one summative assignment involves producing a portfolio of work based on the module sessions and which reflects the learning objectives of the module.

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