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Foundations in Research Methods and Data Analysis (Online module) CPPD

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Course overview

Module outline and aims

The aim of this module is to provide you with basic research skills to enable you to access the evidence base and perform entry-level statistics.

You will learn about different research methodologies and be able to critique the literature. You will also gain working knowledge of the principles underlying statistics and have an introductory knowledge of a specialist statistical software package (SPSS). You will learn about qualitative methodology and analysis and be able to recognise techniques used in this type of research.

Equal emphasis is given to the teaching of qualitative and quantitative research methods and study designs. Importantly, you will be guided and supported to conduct research in practice by producing a research proposal and an analysis-based report which will form the basis of the module mark.

Module dates

Term 1

OCT - DEC: Monday 1 October 2018 - 12 November 2018

Module will be evaluated with an online test (on 10 December 2018)

Assignment submission due date: Monday 14 January 2019

Term 2

JAN - MAR: Monday 28 January 2019 - 11 March 2019

Module will be evaluated with an online test (on 8 April 2019)

Assignment submission due date: Monday 13 May 2019



Prerequisite knowledge

No formal eligibility criteria; however to complete the module students will require convenient access a computer with high-speed internet access, speakers and a microphone (a headphone set with microphone may provide a solution).

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English., the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Module leaders

  • Dr Shashivadan Hirani

    Shashi is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology / Health Services Research at the School of Health Sciences, City University London.

    Shashi obtained his BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology at City University London and then went on to complete his MSc and PhD degrees in Health ...