Introduction to Research Methods

MQF Level 6

6 Credits (ECTS)

Introduction to Research Methods

Start
October 2024
Module Type
Compulsory
Price
€400
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

This module is designed for participants who need to gain understanding of research approaches and skills and gain an ability to deploy research methods in their studies or in professional lives.

In particular, this module will aid those who have to conduct research as part of their undergraduate studies and it is for those who feel they would like additional support for self-improvement.

This module is a comprehensive introduction to research methods and will cover broad topics: the fundamentals of doing research, ethical considerations, research methods, research design, data collection, and data analysis.

In discussing each topic, the ethical implications of research will be covered. Research is a craft, and like any other craft, it takes practice to do it well.

Therefore, this module places the student experience at the centre of our endeavours by engaging learners in a range of robust and challenging discussions and exercises. Learners will have opportunity to learn by doing in all aspects of the course—in class meetings, online classroom, and out-of-class assignments.

No prior knowledge or experience in research is required to take this course.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates who apply for this course must possess a qualification equivalent to a Higher Diploma (120 ECTS) in Nursing accredited at MQF 5. 
  • Preference will be given to prospective applicants having a year of work experience related to the study programme. 

 

Target Audience

  • This programme is targeted at nurses who are registered with the Council for Nurses and Midwives Malta and/or other registering bodies. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning. The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours

2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.

Assessment

a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in the formative assignment.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tool for this module is an essay title or case studies based on relevant real-life scenarios.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10%

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.

Assignment
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024
Malta
Price
€400

Additional Info

Reading for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing top-up degree as presented in this brochure costs €4,000.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes

Competences:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Formulate research questions and design appropriate research.
  • Collect own data using a variety of methods § Critically analyse both qualitative and quantitative data using computer-based skills.
  • Critically evaluate own research and that of other scientists.
  • Critically appraise ethical issues that may arise while carrying out research.

Knowledge:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Foundations.
  • Quantitative Research part 1.
  • Quantitative Research part 2.
  • Qualitative Research part 1.
  • Qualitative Research part 2.
  • Mix Methods.

Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Formulate research questions and design appropriate research.
  • Collect own data using a variety of methods.
  • Analyze both qualitative and quantitative data using computer-based skills.
  • Critically evaluate own research and that of other scientists.
  • Appraise ethical issues that may arise while carrying out research.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

The learner will be able to:

  • Critically apply knowledge and skills to devise solutions to unfamiliar problems.
  • Conduct and evaluate research.
  • Evaluate and critically appropriate to their disciplines (e.g. collect, analyse and interpret data and information, generate and test hypotheses, synthesise and organise information)
  • Know what research methods to use to be crafted to address particular issue(s)
  • Interpret findings.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Undertake independent and self-directed study through research, both primary and secondary.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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