Introduction to Research Methodology provides students with a comprehensive overview of a broad range of research paradigms and methodologies, with their ontological and epistemological underpinnings, as well as associated methods and techniques, in order to inform the design of methodologically sound research proposals and to develop their interdisciplinary methodological literacy as future researchers.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of a broad range of research paradigms and methodologies, including their ontological and epistemological foundations;  
  2. critically reflect on a range of research paradigms and methodologies, their relationship with disciplines and bodies of literature, and their relevance to specific research problems and research methods and techniques;  
  3. critically evaluate a range of scholarly studies that employ different research paradigms and methodologies; and  
  4. demonstrate advanced skills of written and spoken academic communication.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Critical review of methodologies from selected research papers (1000 words) 20%
Presentation Analysis and critique of a group of studies from a methodological perspective (1500 word equivalence) 30%
Essay Theoretical essay on comparative research paradigms and methodologies (3000-3500 words) 50%
Total word equivalence is 4500-6000 words.

Required reading

Reading material will be provided or specified in Unit Guides, with additional material provided through VU Collaborate.

Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches,
Creswell, John and Poth, Cheryl, (2016)
London: Sage publications.

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