Research Methods

MQF Level 5


Research Methods

October 2024
Module Type
ECTS Credits
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Module Description

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

This module is a comprehensive introduction to research methods and will cover broad topics: the fundamentals of doing research, research design, data collection, data analysis, and research methodology including Research Problem, Research Objectives, Research Type, Research Hypothesis, Research Approach and Research Strategy. In discussing each topic, the ethical implications of research will be covered.

In this module students will also be exposed to the importance of original and critical thinking and how to undertake this essential skill through practical tasks.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course will possess:

• A related qualification at MQF Level 4


• Two ‘A’ Levels (MQF Level 4) or equivalent one of which should be related to Accounts, Business or Economics and a pass in English Language and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).

• Preference will be given to applicants having 1 year work experience related to the study programme.

In the case of students who do not possess all the formal required academic qualifications, then the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process could be applied such that if evidence of equivalent learning is found then the applicant could still be accepted in the course.

Such RPL process will subject applicants to an interview held with a board of experts within the field, chosen specifically by IDEA Academy, so as to verify their experiences and prior learning.

Students whose first language is not English and do not possess an ‘O’ level pass in English Language will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent.

Target Audience

  • Individuals seeking to advance their academic and professional knowledge in Accounting.
  • Individuals wanting to pursue a wide range of accounting, consulting, financial and managerial career paths.
  • Individuals wanting to enhance their ability to interpret, assess and communicate financial related data.

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:

  • 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.

How you’ll be assessed

The course comprises:

  • Evening classes for part-time courses.
  • Classes held throughout the day for full-time courses.
  • Guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.


Assessment is carried out via two mandatory components:

  • Assessment 1
  • Assessment 2

The programme includes different forms of assessment which allow for and promote students’ critical engagement. The assessment tasks may include an in-class assignment and/or a home-based written assignment using diverse assessment tools which may take the form of online and in-class discussions, examinations, case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, etc., as applicable to the diverse modules. 


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes


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

  • Examine research methods and discuss how they can be applied appropriately to accounting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of data sampling and data collection for inductive and deductive research.
  • Reflect upon and formulate appropriate research questions.
  • Interpret and make use of qualitative and quantitative information to communicate problems and solutions and to justify arguments and ideas.
  • Apply appropriate critical thinking skills to evaluate existing literature.


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

  • Introduction to research.
  • Research problem identification and formulation.
  • Literature survey and review.
  • Project management.
  • Proposal writing and presentation.


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

  • Reflect on a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs and identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with these designs.
  • Identify the need for a literature review and how to carry out a good literature review.
  • Critically appraise and synthesise the work of other authors relevant to the chosen topic of dissertation.
  • Identify which quantitative and qualitative methods are appropriate for data collection.
  • Assess the most appropriate research method to address a particular research question.
  • Identify ethical issues that may arise while carrying out research.
  • Conduct a regression and statistical analysis.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Communicate and present to the wider audience ideas, research proposals, literature survey/review and research outcomes in a clear and concise way.
  • Communicate ideas, problems, and solutions effectively to both specialist and non-specialist audiences verbally or in writing (PowerPoint presentations, reports, etc.)
  • Participate in class/online discussions and in organised workshops.
  • Present ideas, work, and findings to peers, lecturers, and specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Contribute to team work as required.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Develop a strong research-based skillset in preparation for the project.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

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